While David Ortiz is closing in on a milestone home run, Asdrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria are hitting the ball hard for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The duo looks to continue its hot stretch as the Rays face the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Ortiz leads last-place Boston (66-74) with 32 homers and is two shy of becoming the 27th player to reach 500.

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Cabrera and Longoria, meanwhile, are trying to help the Rays (69-71) reduce a five-game deficit to Texas for the AL's second wild-card spot.

Cabrera is hitting .400 with two homers and seven RBIs over his last six games, while Longoria has a .378 average with five homers and 11 RBIs in the past 10.

They combined for four hits, three RBIs and three runs Friday while Longoria's leadoff double sparked a five-run eighth that included a two-run homer by Cabrera in an 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

They're both pounding Boston with Longoria batting .396 with three homers, seven doubles and 12 runs during a 12-game hitting streak. Cabrera has a seven-game string during which he has a .483 average.

Matt Moore (1-3, 8.04 ERA) is facing the Red Sox for the first time since being tagged for six runs and nine hits in three innings of an 11-7 road defeat Aug. 1, prompting a demotion to Triple-A Durham.

The left-hander returned in strong fashion last Saturday, allowing two runs while being limited to 79 pitches in 4 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium.

"I thought he was outstanding. I was happy for him. In my opinion, he looked like a different guy," manager Kevin Cash said. "That was a definite bright spot, to see where he is right now."

Moore is 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA in five starts against Boston.

The Red Sox will counter with Rick Porcello (7-12, 5.12), who's 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA while completing at least seven innings in all three starts since returning from a strained triceps that sidelined him for nearly a month.

The right-hander was solid again Monday, allowing three earned runs in 7 1-3 innings of an 11-4 win over AL East-leading Toronto.

"What's really impressive is how he's come back since he's come off the disabled list. It's the length of his outings, it's the easy, quick innings that's allowing him to throw into the seventh, eighth inning," interim manager Torey Lovullo told MLB's official website.

"Fastball command, movement of his two-seam fastball, location of his two-seam fastball, confidence in all of his pitches, and he worked hard to get to that point. He deserves so much credit for what's going on."

Porcello gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings of a 4-3 win in 10 at Tampa Bay on June 26 after winning his two previous matchups behind 16 scoreless innings.

Ortiz may not have homered Friday, but he had an RBI double and a single. He's batting .381 with six homers and 15 RBIs in the past 13 games, and he's 6 for 15 with one homer against Moore.

Mookie Betts, who is facing Moore for the first time, has a .379 average during a career-high 16-game hitting streak.