The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Matt Moore pitched six sharp innings and Ben Zobrist drove in three runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Indians 4-0 on Friday night.
Moore (1-0) limited the Indians to a pair of hits by Michael Bourn, walked two and struck out eight. The 23-year-old left-hander retired his final eight batters and came out after 100 pitches.
Zobrist, who has driven in a team-leading seven runs in four games, did most of the damage against Zach McAllister (0-1) with a pair of doubles.
Bourn reached on an infield single in the first and doubled into the left-field corner in the third. Only two other runners reached base against Moore, who walked Mike Aviles in the third and Michael Brantley in the fourth.
Jake McGee and Brandon Gomes each worked a perfect inning for the Rays. Joel Peralta finished the two-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Indians, who were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, struck out 11 times and didn’t have a baserunner after the fourth inning.
Two of Tampa Bay’s four runs off McAllister were unearned. Cleveland’s starter allowed six hits, walked none and struck out three over six innings.
Sam Fuld led off the Tampa Bay fourth with a single and scored on Zobrist’s double down the right-field line. Yunel Escobar drove in Zobrist from third with a grounder to shortstop to make it 2-0.
A two-out fielding error by Aviles at third opened the door for the Rays to add two more runs on Zobrist’s fifth-inning double.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona said right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco, currently serving a six-game suspension dating from July 2011, will start Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Carrasco missed the end of 2011 and all of 2012 after elbow surgery.
In other news, Indians first baseman/designated hitter Jason Giambi, on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, is working out with the team and could be activated Tuesday.