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Solid Moore pitches Rays to victory over Red Sox

AP, ST PETERSBURG, Florida

Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Boston Red Sox in their game in St Petersburg, Florida, on Tuesday.

Photo: AFP

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Matt Moore pitched six solid innings to remain unbeaten and tie for the major league lead in wins, sending the surging Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Moore (7-0) yielded a three-run homer to David Ortiz in the first, then limited the struggling Red Sox to one hit over the next five innings.

The Rays overcame the early deficit with a five-run fifth off John Lackey (1-4). Jose Molina and Matt Joyce each drove in two runs in the inning, helping Tampa Bay extend their winning streak to a season-high six games.

Boston have lost six of seven, including three straight.

Moore allowed three hits and struck out eight. The 23-year-old lefty matched Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman for the major league lead in victories, became the first Tampa Bay starter to begin a season 7-0 and tied a club record by winning his eighth straight decision dating to September.

Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth to finish the combined three-hitter and earn his seventh save.

YANKEES 4, MARINERS 3

In New York, Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, Lyle Overbay delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and New York rallied past Seattle after Felix Hernandez left following a couple of odd twists.

Hernandez exited after six innings with a 3-1 lead, having outpitched C.C. Sabathia in the first matchup between the former Cy Young Award winners. However, Hernandez tweaked his back in the sixth when he fielded a comebacker, pivoted and threw to second for a forceout.

The righthander allowed one earned run in another strong outing at Yankee Stadium, and leads the AL with a 1.53 ERA. Sabathia, who had won his last eight starts against Seattle, struck out 10 in 6-1/3 innings, while giving up 10 hits.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for Seattle in his return to Yankee Stadium. New York star Curtis Granderson came off the disabled list and went zero for three with a walk in his season debut.

Down 3-1, the Yankees rallied for three runs in the seventh to win for the seventh time in eight games.

Charlie Furbush (0-2) gave up Cano’s tying double off the base of the wall in right-center.

Shawn Kelley (2-0) got two outs and Mariano Rivera remained perfect in 16 save chances this season.

In other play, it was:

‧ Rangers 6, Athletics 5,

10 innings

‧ Angels 6, Royals 2

‧ Tigers 6, Astros 2

‧ White Sox 4, Twins 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri

Carlos Beltran drove in four runs and rookie left-hander John Gast picked up a win in his major league debut, helping the St Louis Cardinals cruise past the New York Mets 10-4 on Tuesday night.

Gast (1-0) tossed five shutout innings before giving up four runs in the sixth. He surrendered six hits, struck out three and walked one in a 71-pitch effort to help the Cardinals win for the fifth time in six games, and 11th in their last 13.

Beltran slammed a three-run homer in the fifth inning, his team-high 10th, to give St Louis a 9-0 lead. He also added a run-scoring hit in the third.

Dillon Gee (2-5) gave up six runs — five earned — in four innings for the Mets, who lost their fifth straight.

ROCKIES 9, CUBS 4

In Chicago, Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and finished with a career-high five hits to lead the struggling Rockies to a victory over the Cubs.

Gonzalez was five for five and fell a triple shy of a cycle, and Eric Young Jr also homered for the Rockies, who had lost five of their last six.

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