The scoreboard showed Astros highlights Monday night after the home team went down in order in the seventh inning. The montage included a pair of hits, some defensive plays by the infield and live shots of the mascot teasing a fan.


It was that kind of night for the Astros. It was that kind of night for the Rays, too.


The Rays were the latest team to hit Minute Maid Park, and they hit it hard. Anyone worried about them suffering a letdown against the lowly Astros after taking the wind out of the Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak and staring down the Tigers during the recent homestand?


"I was a little bit," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.


Not to worry.


The Rays rolled to a 12-0 victory, which enabled them to remain in third place in the American League East, a half-game ahead of the Yankees. They've won six of their last eight and eight of their last 12.


Matt Moore allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven innings for his third straight victory, improving to 11-3 on the year.


"It's always about the pitching," Maddon said. "Matt finished really strong, I thought, and that was really, really important moving forward."


Moore allowed just one Astro to reach second base and retired the last 10 batters he faced. He said he worked well with catcher Jose Lobaton. All those runs didn't hurt, either.


"It was fun to watch," he said of the offense.


The Rays tied their season high of 12 runs. Their 17 hits were two shy of their season high.