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 2, O’s 0: Notes from a record-setting shutout
Posted Aug 4, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 12:34 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Another shutout for the Rays, who won their third straight game Friday, 2-0 against the Orioles at the Trop.
Matt Moore went 5 2/3 innings for his eighth win of the season and seventh against two losses since June 1. He has not allowed a run in his 17 2/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney took over the major league lead in saves with his 32nd after working a perfect ninth inning.
B.J. Upton’s fourth inning home run was the 100th of his career and came less than an hour after his brother Justin hit his 100th home run of his career.
The Upton bothers join Joe, Vince and Dom DiMaggio, Clete and Ken Boyer, Aaron and Brett Boone, Sandy and Roberto Alomar and Irish and Bob Muesel as the only brother combinations to reach the century mark for homers.
B.J. joins Ricky Henderson, Cesar Cedeño, Barry and Bobby Bonds, Eric Davis, Lloyd Moseby and Hanley Ramirez as the only players to join the 100 home run, 200 steal club before their 28th birthday.
Here are some other notes from the win:
—The Rays have now recorded four shutouts in their last six games for the first time in franchise history. They have allowed one or zero runs in five of their last six games.
—Since the All-Star Break the Rays pitchers lead the major leagues in ERA (2.34), strikeouts (208) and opponent’s batting average (.202).
—The bullpen has allowed only two runs in the last 43 innings.
—After committing 71 errors in their first 86 games, the Rays have made just seven in their last 20 games. They have allowed just three earned runs in their last 30 games after allowing a major league-high 40 in their first 76.
—Since returning to the leadoff spot, Desmond Jennings has hit safely in eight of 10 games and has reached base in nine of 10 games.
—Matt Joyce celebrated his 28th birthday Friday with a hit and a walk in four trips to the plate. He is now 5-for-11 during four games on his birthday.
—The Rays have won six of their last eight against the Orioles.