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Rays’ Matt Moore pitches well again in victory over Los Angeles Dodgers

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Slowly, he is returning to his role as ace of the Tampa Bay Rays staff. Whether he stays here is another matter.

Matt Moore pitched well once again Wednesday, and the Rays won a 3-1 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Moore, it was the 10th straight game in which he has pitched at least six innings. He is 5-3 in his last eight decisions.

Against the Dodgers, Moore allowed only four hits. Even better, he got one himself, only the third of the year by a Rays’ pitcher.

“It’s fun to play baseball on both sides,” Moore said. “I had fun today.”

Tampa Bay is now 39-61 on the season.

So did Evan Longoria, who had three hits and his 23rd home run of the year. Brad Miller also had two hits.

The Rays are home Friday against the New York Yankees with Jake Odorizzi getting the start.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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