(BALTIMORE) — Rays’ left-hander Matt Moore pitched seven-innings of one-run ball leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Sunday.
Moore allowed five hits and one run while striking out five and walking one.
The win improves the 23-year-old Moore’s record to 8-0 on the season. That’s the best start to a season for a pitcher that young since Babe Ruth did it in 1917 at age 22.
Moore didn’t seem impressed by the milestone but his manager did.
“If you compare (Moore’s achievement) historically, he ranks up there with Babe Ruth, and that’s not a bad thing,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I think from where he’s coming from, he knows he can be better. He doesn’t like those five-inning outings. He doesn’t like that at all. So I’m sure he’s deflecting based on that. As you see him get deeper into the games and more consistent with the wins, I think you might see him step out a little bit.
“But I like the idea that there’s humility involved. I like the idea that he knows that he can get better. I love that. The accountability is tremendous. That doesn’t surprise me. … Historically speaking, it’s been wonderful, but there is ‘more’ in Moore. And he knows that.”
The Rays (23-20) are now tied with the Orioles (23-20) for third in the A.L. East.
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