PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Matt Moore allowed two hits in 3 1-3 scoreless innings Thursday, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.
Moore struck out three in his third spring training start. In his previous outing he failed to get out of the first, allowing six runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning against Pittsburgh.
Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar hit two-run singles in the third against Jeanmar Gomez. Jack Thornton relieved with two on and struck out Wilson Betemit and Wil Myers.
Omir Santos drove in Pittsburgh's run with an RBI single in the eighth against Adam Liberatore.
Zobrist and Brandon Guyer had two hits each.