Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley easily handled the Tampa Bay Rays offense for the second time in less than a week.
by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
Jeremy Hellickson got a second chance to take on the Diamondbacks, but couldn't get out of the fifth inning, and Cody Ross hit a three-run homer as the Rays dropped a 6-1 decision in Arizona Tuesday.
Both Hellickson and Wade Miley cruised through the first three innings before Evan Longoria got the scoring started in the fourth with his 22nd home run, a solo shot to left.
The Rays lead didn't last long, as Hellickson walked Paul Goldschmidt to lead off the bottom of the same inning, and he came all the way around to score from first base on a double by Eric Chavez. Aaron Hill then drew a walk, and Ross deposited a Hellickson offering into the left-field seats to give Arizona a 4-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks got a fifth run an inning later on another RBI double by Chavez off reliever Jamey Wright, once again scoring Goldschmidt, and set the score at 6-1 in the seventh when Adam Eaton reached on a one-out infield single and scored on a double by Martin Prado off Cesar Ramos.
The loss, coupled with Boston's win in Houston, drops the Rays to 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox, although both teams are even in the loss column.
Tampa Bay will try and split both the two-game set as well as the season series Wednesday, when Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65 ERA) takes on Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.17 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 9:40, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starts at 8:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.