Saturday, June 18, 2016

Moore aims to keep rolling, even series with Giants

Rays left-hander Matt Moore seeks to continue momentum gained from his most recent start when Tampa Bay hosts San Francisco on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
Moore (3-4, 5.05 ERA) allowed no runs and two hits in seven innings during a victory over the Astros on Sunday at Tropicana Field. The two hits allowed marked his most efficient performance of the year, and his 10 strikeouts matched a season-best first achieved against the White Sox on April 17 at Tropicana Field.
"You can't quite say you're working toward shutting them out each time out," Moore said. "But just having one through seven, being able to keep the scoring opportunities at bay and be able to remain focused on seven innings, it's something that we're proud of."
The Giants counter with right-hander Albert Suarez, who will make his third start this season. Suarez (2-1, 3.33 ERA) last appeared during a victory over the Brewers on Monday, when he allowed two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Things to know about this game
• Moore has little experience against the Giants' roster. Only Denard Span (1-for-3), Conor Gillaspie (0-for-5) and Ramiro Pena (0-for-1) have faced him. He has never appeared against San Francisco.
• Suarez is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in three June appearances. He has lasted beyond five innings just once this season (6 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on June 7).
• The Rays and Giants will "turn back the clock" by wearing 1970s-era retro jerseys. Rock band The Fray will perform a postgame concert.

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