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Indians' bats silenced by Moore

The Cleveland Indians' bats were silenced by Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay bullpen.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —

The Cleveland Indians' bats were silenced by Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay bullpen.

Moore pitched six sharp innings and Ben Zobrist drove in three runs to lead the Rays over the Indians 4-0 on Friday night.

"I think their guy had something to do with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "As he got into the game, he's got enough of a fastball where you've got to respect that and then he started flipping that breaking ball for strikes, and that made it really tough."

Moore (1-0) limited the Indians to a pair of hits by Michael Bourn, walked two and struck out eight. The 23-year-old left-hander retired his final eight batters and came out after 100 pitches.

"He had his off-speed stuff working," Indians first baseman Nick Swisher said. "Pounding the zone. Working ahead of guys. He really, really kind of got into that groove, and made it a tough day."

Tampa Bay pitchers retired the final 17 Cleveland hitters.

Zobrist, who has driven in a team-leading seven runs in four games, did most of the damage against Zach McAllister (0-1) with a pair of doubles.

"He went to the WBC, and I think that was an important part of his start," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He really has a good look about him, and I think a lot of it has to do with his preparation coming into spring training."

Bourn reached on an infield single in the first and doubled into the left-field corner in the third. Only two other runners reached base against Moore, who walked Mike Aviles in the third and Michael Brantley in the fourth.

Jake McGee and Brandon Gomes each worked a perfect inning for the Rays. Joel Peralta finished the two-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Indians, who were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, struck out 11 times and didn't have a baserunner after the fourth inning.

"He threw a good game, definitely a quality start, but we let him off the hook a lot of times," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said of Moore. "I think we didn't take advantage of, when we had guys on base and didn't come up with the big hit tonight."

Two of Tampa Bay's four runs off McAllister were unearned. Cleveland's starter allowed six hits, walked none and struck out three over six innings.

"I thought I threw the ball pretty well at times," McAllister said. "At times I left the ball over the middle. Overall, I thought it was OK. It wasn't terrible, but wasn't my best outing."

Sam Fuld led off the Tampa Bay fourth with a single and scored on Zobrist's double down the right-field line. Yunel Escobar drove in Zobrist from third with a grounder to short to make it 2-0.

A two-out fielding error by Aviles at third opened the door for the Rays to add two more runs on Zobrist's fifth-inning double.

NOTES: The Rays put RHP Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. The move was retroactive to March 28. Niemann, moved to the bullpen after competing with Roberto Hernandez for the final spot in the starting rotation this spring, has yet to appear in a game this season. Gomes was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster opening. ... Cleveland manager Terry Francona said RHP Carlos Carrasco, currently serving a six-game suspension dating from July 2011, will start Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Carrasco missed the end of 2011 and all of 2012 after elbow surgery. ... Indians 1B-DH Jason Giambi, on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, is working out with the team and could be activated Tuesday. ... Cleveland LHP Scott Kazmir, a one-time Tampa Bay ace who was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday because of a strained ribcage muscle, didn't make the trip. He is undergoing treatment in Cleveland. ... The Rays traded minor league C Stephen Vogt to Oakland for a player to be named or cash. ... The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported negotiations on a multiyear contract between the Indians and Kipnis ended when the regular season began.

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