Dodgers held in check in McCarthy's first loss

Dodgers held in check in McCarthy's first loss

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Moore allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings and Evan Longoria slugged a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning as the Rays beat the Dodgers on Wednesday, 3-1, for the franchise's first win at Dodger Stadium.

"It's a long flight home," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the road-trip finale. "It's nice to have a 'W' under our belts. Matt Moore was outstanding, again. It's not hard to believe. But what he's done over here the last eight, nine, 10 starts has been really impressive."

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Moore (7-7), subject of trade speculation, struck out five and walked four in his 10th consecutive start of at least six innings. Moore issued a leadoff walk in the seventh and got the next two outs before being replaced by reliever Kevin Jepsen, ending the lefty's day at 98 pitches. Jepsen got Howie Kendrick to pop up in foul territory, and Rays first baseman Logan Morrison jumped over the railing and into the stands to make the catch and end the inning.

Morrison's falling catch

"I was just trying to make a play," Morrison said. "High sky, that and a combination of the sun over there, I was just trying to keep my eye on it the whole time, so I didn't know where the wall was. It was just one of those where it happened to hit my glove as I hit the wall and I happened to hold on to it."

• LoMo, Dickerson save 7th with catches

Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy struck out seven but lasted only four innings, his shortest of five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. It also was his first loss as a Dodger after winning his first five decisions.

• Another short start for Dodgers

Longoria's home run in the fourth followed a double by Brad Miller. Later in the inning, Steven Souza Jr. walked, stole second and was doubled home by Maile.

Maile's run-scoring double

"He left a breaking ball over the plate to Miller and he hooked down the line, had a good battle with Longoria, an elite player, and made a decent pitch and he hit it out of the ballpark," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "This is the first time Brandon was throwing on regular rest. Overall, I thought he threw the ball well."

The Dodgers scored first in the most unlikely way possible -- on A.J. Ellis' first career stolen base. With two outs in the second inning, runners on the corners and McCarthy up, Ellis, who had blooped a single, rumbled toward second base. Tampa Bay catcher Luke Maile's throw bounced into center field, allowing Joc Pederson, who had walked, to score.

Pederson scores on an error

"He had the steal sign," said Roberts. "It was one of those plays where maybe you steal a run, and fortunately it worked out."

"I called [umpire] Marvin Hudson over and asked if I could have the bag right then, but he said no, I had to wait until the inning's over," said Ellis.

Teammate Clayton Kershaw had the base authenticated and placed it next to Ellis' locker.

"It's a fun little memento," Ellis said. "Nice proof that I did get one. But I'd trade the stolen base for a win."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Not quite enough: After dazzling teammates with his stolen base in the second, Ellis' bid for a two-run game-tying homer in the seventh fell just short, as left fielder Corey Dickerson made the catch against the 375-foot sign of the left-field wall.

Dickerson's leaping grab

"I got jammed just a little bit," said Ellis. "I hit it well but knew I didn't catch it flush. I was hopeful with a day game at Dodger Stadium, but probably a yard short. That's why I just walked in from weight room."

Maile's throw: Errors happen, but Maile's errant throw to second in the second brought up an interesting situation. The throw came while trying to nab Ellis with two outs and McCarthy hitting with two strikes. One train of thought would have been to not make the throw with a bad-hitting pitcher at the plate, one strike away from a strikeout. On the flip side, if Maile had thrown out Ellis, McCarthy would have led off the next inning. The error allowed the Dodgers to take a 1-0 lead.

Cash told reporters there was no question on the play, and that Maile did the right thing making the throw, as he noted: "Anytime they're going to give you an out. ... You throw him out, and we did not."

Longo the first: Longoria's two-run homer gave the third baseman 23 homers on the season while giving the Rays a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Longoria's home run was the first in team history at Dodger Stadium. He went 3-for-4 on the day. The home run also made Dodger Stadium the 24th different park he has homered in during his career.

Longoria's two-run home run

Home cooking? The Dodgers scored 53 runs on the nine-game trip through Arizona, Washington and St. Louis. But in the first two games of the homestand, they have scored only four runs, three of them unearned.

"I thought our at-bats were good," said Roberts. "We hit some balls, squared some up and didn't have anything to show for it."

QUOTABLE
"Today, I am not the least greatest of all-time." -- Scott Van Slyke, borrowing a theme from Rickey Henderson for Ellis to use after his first MLB stolen base

COLOME BACK IN SAVE COLUMN
After seeing his consecutive saves streak snapped on Saturday at Oakland, Rays closer Alex Colome successfully got the final three outs Wednesday afternoon to earn his 22nd save. The right-hander has tossed scoreless relief in 31 of 35 appearances this season.

Colome shuts the door

WHAT'S NEXT
Rays: The Rays return to Tropicana Field to begin a 10-game homestand against the Yankees, Royals and Twins. Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.10 ERA) will start Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET in the opener vs. New York. Odorizzi tied a career high in his last outing by pitching eight innings en route to a no-decision against the A's.

Dodgers: Kenta Maeda, roughed up for five runs in 4 1/3 innings in Arizona on July 17, faces the D-backs again in Friday's 7:10 p.m. PT game at Dodger Stadium. Maeda is 5-2 with a 2.35 ERA against National League West opponents in his first MLB season.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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