Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 11, Marlins 0: Big nights for Moore, Zoby, DJ and ‘Los
Posted Jun 16, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 16, 2012 at 01:00 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays rebounded from the three-game sweep by the Mets in a big way – with an 11-0 drubbing of the Marlins on Friday night at the Trop.
“Twenty-four hours makes a huge difference,” manager Joe Maddon said. “That’s exactly the opposite of how we played the last three nights.”
Matt Moore allowed a hit in seven innings and Burke Badenhop and Brandon Gomes each pitched a hitless inning to combine for the ninth one-hitter in team history, the sixth at home.
Here are some tidbits from an easy win …
—The 10 runs snapped a streak of 133 home games in which the Rays did not score more than nine runs. That’s the longest drought of its kind in the majors since the Astros went 268 games without score 10 times between 1980 and 1984.
The last time the Rays plated 10 at the Trop was Aug. 17, 2010 in a 10-1 win against the Rangers.
—The 11-0 win was the second largest shutout win at the Trop since a 13-0 victory April 30, 2009 against the BoSox.
—The Rays scored 11 runs in seven innings after scoring nine in 27 innings against the Mets.
—Carlos Peña tied a franchise record and career-high with four walks. He also scored four times, making him the third player in the American League since 1993 to walks four times and score times in a game. The last to do that was Cliff Floyd, who did it for the Rays on Aug. 14, 2008 at Oakland. Former Ray Jonny Gomes was the last major leaguer to do it on Aug. 8, 2010.
—Ben Zobrist extended his hitting streak to six games with a two-hit game that included his ninth homer of the season. Zobrist has at least two hits in his last five games, matching the longest streak of that kind for his career. He had only one multi-hit game in his 19 games prior to starting the streak.
—Will Rhymes was 2-for-3 and drove in a season-high two runs. He was 1-for-19 in his previous seven games.
—The Rays chased Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano after he allowed the first two batters to reach in the third inning. Zambrano lasted 2 1/3 innings in his previous start, which was also against the Rays.
—The Rays have won eight straight against the Marlins, including all four games this season.