Apr 16, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Brandon Guyer (5) has water poured over him by starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) after defeating the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With Pitching And Hot Bats, the Rays Win First Series Of The Season

With the hot bat of Brandon Guyer and tremendous pitching of Matt Moore, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Sunday afternoon. This is the first series win of the season for the Rays.

Brandon Guyer tied a career high with four hits in the game.  He singled to left field in the first inning and Steve Pearce doubled to bring him home to give the Rays a quick 1-0 lead.

The top of the second inning was three up and three down for Rays pitcher Matt Moore. Moore recorded two more strikeouts in the top of the third, but the White Sox scored a run in the fourth.  Avisail Garcia was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by Adam Eaton. Austin Jackson singled to right field to bring Garcia home to tie the Rays 1-1.

The Rays answered the White Sox in the bottom of the third. Logan Forsythe opened up the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Guyer singled Forsythe home to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. Evan Longoria then singled and Guyer advanced to second base. Later in the inning, Logan Morrison reached first base on an error by pitcher Jose Quintana. With this play, Guyer reached home and extended the Rays lead to 3-1.

Moore dominated as he earned three strikeouts in the next three innings. Moore started the top of the seventh with another strikeout, but the White Sox weren’t giving up. Brett Lawrie hit a double to left field and Garcia singled to center to being Lawrie home. With a 3-2 lead, Enny Romero came in to replace Moore. An inning later, Alex Colome came into replace Romero.

Moore went 6.1 innings on Sunday and racked up 10 strikeouts. He also allowed only five his and two runs. Colome earned the first save of his career and the first save of the season for the Rays. Rays manager Kevin Cash says that this was a big series win for the Rays and the pitching had something to do with that.

Cash says that Guyer is a huge part of the Rays line up and it definitely showed. Besides his four hits, Guyer scored twice and drove in a run.

The Rays are off Monday as they travel to Boston as they begin a three game series on Tuesday. The Rays may see a familiar face when they face the Red Sox. Former Rays pitcher David Price signed a seven year contract with the Red Sox last December and he is scheduled to make a start in the series.

About Michelle Spring

Senior telecommunication and history major at the University of Florida and contributor for ESPN Gainesville 95.3. Baseball and hockey are my favorites, but I love all sports.

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