Gomez roughed up in start for

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Matt Moore allowed two hits in 3-plus scoreless innings Thursday, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.

Moore struck out three in his third spring training start. In his previous outing he failed to get out of the first, allowing six runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning against Pittsburgh.

Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar hit two-run singles in the third against Jeanmar Gomez. Jack Thornton relieved with two on and struck out Wilson Betemit and Wil Myers.

Omir Santos drove in Pittsburgh’s run with an RBI single in the eighth against Adam Liberatore.

Zobrist and Brandon Guyer had two hits each for the Rays.

Pittburgh managed only a pair of singles off Moore, both by Sterling Marte.

“The stuff definitely was alive at the plate,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “When he feels fastball command and has his changeup and hook working off that, you can see why he can win 20 games.”

Despite hitting only .269, Marte has reached safely in five of his last six games.

“He’s out to prove some things,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s been really working on discipline and plays the game hard.”

Starting time

Pirates: Gomez seemed unrecognizable in his spring training debut as a starter, allowing all four runs and eight hits in 2-plus innings.

In three appearances out of the bullpen, the 6-foot-3 right-hander pitched six scoreless innings with only two hits allowed and no walks.

“We stretched him out today to throw three innings. That’s all it was,” Hurdle said. “He’s been lights out.”

Trainer’s room

Pirates: Right-hander Phil Irwin [elbow] pitched one perfect inning in his spring training debut.