ARLINGTON (CBS) Rookie pitcher Matt Moore started the second game of his career Friday afternoon and looked like a seasoned veteran as he led the Rays to a 9-0 win in game one of the American League Division Series.
Kelly Shoppach had a productive day at the plate with two home runs and five RBIs off of Texas starter C.J Wilson. The Rays picked up where they left off and had no shortage of runs in their first playoff game of 2011.
Johnny Damon homered in the third to give Tampa Bay a two run advantage. Shoppach singled after Damon’s blast and came around to score on a single hit by Matt Joyce.
With two men on Shoppach tagged Wilson for a homer to deep center field to give the Rays a 6-0 lead through three innings of play. One bright spot for Texas came in the third when a fan tracked down Shoppach’s home run ball, caught it, then hurled it back into the field of play.
The fan’s web gem could not spark the Ranger’s bats, and Moore went on to pitch seven scoreless innings with two hits allowed. He remained poised and showed no signs of fatigue against a hard-hitting Texas lineup.
The high-pressure situation didn’t phase Moore at all, and the rookie picked up a crucial win for the surging Rays.
Momentum is certainly in Tampa Bay’s favor, but Texas will look to even up the series tomorrow in game two of the ALDS. The game starts at 7:00 PM ET.