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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Getting Chris Davis out of town did wonders for the Tampa Bay Rays.

With the Orioles slugger back in Baltimore and hammering the Twins, Rays starter Matt Moore and three relievers held the Cleveland Indians to two hits and retired the last 17 batters in order in a 4-0 win at Tropicana Field on Friday.

Moore (1-0) left after six innings with a 4-0 lead. A slow starter in April and May as a rookie, he allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out eight. Zach Wheeler, Brandon Gomes and Joel Peralta each pitched a perfect inning in relief.

The Rays and Cleveland are each 2-2 this season, but the Indians have lost two in a row.

Davis knocked in 11 runs with six extra-base hits as Baltimore took two of three games in their season-opening series. Cleveland starter Zach McAllister (0-1) had no such support and took the loss after allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings. Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on RBIs from Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar. Sam Fuld led off with a single and scored on Zobrist's double into the right-field corner. Zobrist took third on a wild pitch on scored on Escobar's groundout to short.

Zobrist's two-run double in the fifth gave the Rays a gifted 4-0 lead. A two-out fielding error by third baseman Mike Aviles put Desmond Jennings aboard and Fuld followed with a single to send him to third. Zobrist, who was 0-for-5 lifetime against McAllister before the game, then pulled a 1-1 changeup into the right-field corner. Both runs were unearned.

Aviles did not have a highlight reel night. With the Indians threatening in a scoreless game in the third, he was caught off third base with one out and erased after a rundown.

NOTES: Zobrist's fourth-inning RBI single marked the first time this season (in four games) that the Rays scored first. ... The Rays traded catcher Stephen Vogt to Oakland for a player to be named or cash. Vogt went 0-for-27 in 18 games with the Rays last season. He hit .286 in spring training but was designated for assignment on March 31. ... Rays manager Joe Maddon has used four different lineups this season. He used a club-record and MLB-high 151 different combinations in 2012. ... The Indians will call up Trevor Bauer, acquired in a three-team trade from Arizona this offseason, to start Saturday. He will replace former Ray pitcher Scott Kazmir, who was diagnosed with a rib cage strain after undergoing an MRI in Cleveland on Thursday.
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