When you are left-handed and you throw as hard as Matt Moore you are going to walk a lot of batters, and he did Tuesday night.


You are also going to strike out a lot of batters, and Moore did that as well.


But it's what you do in between those all those walks that make the difference, and that's where Moore helped himself.


"He did not cave in," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.


The result was six innings of often wild, often effective pitching that helped the Rays to a 5-1 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 12,041 at Tropicana Field.


The Rays won the first two games of this three-game series to cool off the Blue Jays, who arrived in town Monday riding an 11-game winning streak.


Moore tied his career highs of 11 strikeouts and six walks. It's no wonder he threw a career-high 120 pitches over his six innings.


He allowed only four hits and the run, which means that when the Jays weren't looking at ball four or swinging through strike three they weren't knocking Moore around.


"It was the bend but not break kind of situation," Maddon said.


Moore won his second straight start to become the sixth 10-game winner in the major leagues.


"Anytime there's six walks and I can get through the sixth inning it's a pretty unusual thing to happen," Moore said. "We're pretty fortunate that (the second inning) wound up staying the way it did."


Moore's early lack of command caught up with him in that second when a pair of walks helped the Jays score the first run of the game.


Maicer Izturis followed a two-out walk to J.P. Arencibia with an opposite field single, which scored Rajai Davis. Davis didn't reach on a walk, but rather on a fielder's choice. Marc DeRosa, who was forced at second base, had drawn a leadoff walk.


The Rays' offense backed Moore, tying the score in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out RBI single by Desmond Jennings.


The Rays didn't score in the third inning but did provide a glimpse of what was to come the following inning when Myers challenged the arm of Jays right fielder Jose Bautista.


Myers, on first base after another fielder's choice retired Evan Longoria at second, hustled around to third in a single by Yunel Escobar that Bautista fielded in shallow right field. Bautista, who owns one of the better arms in the league, made his usual strong throw to third base, but Myers was called safe after sliding around the tag of Edwin Encarnacion.


"I loved Wil's audacity to go from first to third," Maddon said.