Moore, Guyer lead Rays to their first series win

by Gary Shelton on April 18, 2016 · 0 comments

in Tampa Bay Rays

Brandon Guyer visited first base coach Rocco Baldelli a lot.

Brandon Guyer visited first base coach Rocco Baldelli a lot.

Monday, 5:30 a.m.

For the Rays, winning is coming by the numbers.

Four. As in Brandon Guyer's hit total Sunday.

Five. As in innings Alex Colome had to pitch to earn his first save,

Ten. As in the number of batters struck out by Matt Moore.

One. As in series won by the Tampa Bay Rays this year.

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Moore got his first victory in taming Chicago.

Moore got his first victory in taming Chicago.

The Rays made it all add up Sunday after, beating the Chicago White Sox 3-2 to capture their first series of the year. It improved the Rays' record to 5-8 on the season.

Matt Moore led the way to the win, throwing 6.1 innings and allowing only two runs and five hits. Alex Colome had his first save out of the bullpen.

“Brando is such a big part of our lineup,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Cash called Guyer one of the Rays' “best teammates," because he knows he won’t play against right-hander starters. Still, he works hard to be ready if needed.

Guyer had only five plate appearances before Friday’s game.

“I try to come to the ballpark positive whether I’m in the lineup or not,” Guyer said. “Hopefully the other guys can see that. That’s my goal, to try to help the team win every day, whether I’m on the bench, pinch-hitting, cheering them on or out there on the field leaving it all out there.”

The Rays now travel to Boston to open a three-game set against the Red Sox. Drew Smyly pitches for Tampa Bay.

Alex Colome earned his first save on Sunday.

Alex Colome earned his first save on Sunday.

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