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Moore Gets Shutout as Rays Beat Red Sox for 14th Win in 15 Games

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Matt Moore pitched his first career shutout as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston 3-0 to pull within a half-game of the American League Eastern Division-leading Red Sox with their 14th win in 15 games.

Moore allowed two hits and won his sixth consecutive decision last night to improve his record to 14-3 on the season, tied for the most victories in Major League Baseball.

James Loney drove in two runs at Boston’s Fenway Park for Tampa Bay, which is 59-41 overall. The Red Sox fell to 60-41.

Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers matched Moore with his 14th win, outpitching Chris Sale in a matchup of All-Star starters in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Scherzer (14-1) gave up two runs over eight innings.

Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list to pitch the Texas Rangers to a 3-0 win over the New York Yankees. Darvish, who had been out since July 6 with a strained side muscle, combined with three relievers on a three-hitter.

The Atlanta Braves scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally for a 2-1 win against the New York Mets. With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Jason Heyward of the Braves made a diving, game-ending catch of a line drive by Justin Turner in the left-center field gap.

Tim Lincecum, making his first start since pitching a no-hitter July 13, allowed nine hits and eight runs over 3 2/3 innings last night in the San Francisco Giants’ 11-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Seattle Mariners’ winning streak reached seven games with a 2-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians, as Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino each hit a solo home run.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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