Tigers slap Moore with first loss
DETROIT (AP) – Torii Hunter noticed early on that something was amiss with Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore.
“I saw him throw the curveball a couple times, and I saw that he didn’t have a feel for that,” Hunter said. “This guy has great stuff – his changeup, his arm action is the same as the fastball, coming out of his arm. Just the fact that we were able to capitalize on his mistakes – we have a professional team over here. They make the adjustments and battle at the plate.”
Prince Fielder homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers handed Moore his first loss of the year with a 10-1 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night.
Fielder also hit a two-run single that capped a four-run second inning for the Tigers. Moore got only six outs while allowing six runs, seven hits and six walks.
Moore (8-1) was pitching on three days’ rest after his previous start in Cleveland was limited to one inning because of rain.
“In the second inning, I just lost my release point. That’s happened before, and I’ve got a couple tricks that I can use to get it back, but nothing worked today,” Moore said. “I wasn’t throwing anything close enough to the strike zone to make them swing at anything.”
Anibal Sanchez (6-5) allowed a run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out nine with one walk.
Omar Infante homered and had three RBIs for Detroit, which won for the second time in seven games. It was Tampa Bay’s second loss in nine.
Fielder and Jhonny Peralta had three hits each for the Tigers.
The Rays got a run in the second to open the scoring, but Moore immediately allowed a single to Peralta and an RBI double to Matt Tuiasosopo in the bottom half. Infante made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly, and Fielder singled with the bases loaded.
The third inning wasn’t any better for Moore. After a leadoff double by Peralta, he walked two straight and then allowed an RBI single by Avisail Garcia. Moore was finally pulled after he walked Infante to force in a run and make it 6-1.
Infante’s solo homer made it 7-1 in the fifth. The following inning, Fielder drove in Cabrera with a sacrifice fly, and hit his 12th homer of the season – a solo shot in the eighth – made it 9-1. Don Kelly added an RBI single later.