PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez allowed one hit in three shutout innings against his former team in a 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.
Making his first spring-training start of the year, Matt Moore gave up two hits in 1 2-3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and a walk. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first by retiring John Mayberry Jr. on an inning-ending groundout, then retired his first two batters in the second.
Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist was 0 for 2 in his first game since straining a back muscle during a workout on Feb. 19.
The Rays' Jeremy Moore hit a double and homer in the late innings.
Rays: Twenty-three of Moore's 37 pitches were strikes. He wasn't happy he got himself into a bases-loaded jam.
"That's not really the situation you want to work out of in your first game, but to be able to have that mentality of, 'Get tough right here and leave them standing where they're at' takes a lot of focus, so I was happy to get out of that."
Moore was 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA last year and earned his first All-Star selection. He said his fastballs reached 93 mph Monday, which he was happy with at this point in spring training.
Phillies: Hernandez allowed only a single to Logan Forsythe.
Hernandez pitched for the Rays last season, then signed a $4.5 million, one-year deal with Philadelphia during the offseason. He figures to start the season at the back end of the Phillies' rotation.
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