The Tampa Bay Rays dropped the series finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks by a final score of 7-0. The loss drops the Rays record to 64-44 but they finish the month of July with a record of 21-5.
Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60) was not sharp as he allowed 4R/ER on 7 hits striking out 3 and walking 2 in just 4.1 innings of work. With the off day coming tomorrow Joe Maddon took the opportunity to give his bullpen much needed work as Alex Torres, Kyle Farnsworth, Jake McGee, Jamey Wright, and Cesar Ramos all followed Hellickson to the mound.
The Diamondbacks put 2-runs on the board in the bottom of the 1st. With 2-on and 2-out Aaron Hill sent a chopper to Yunel Escobar who set up for the back hand short hop but was unable to get a solid throw to first and Hil beat it out for an infield single. Cody Ross followed with a 2-RBI single to give the Diamondbacks the early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the 3rd inning Eric Chavez connected off Hellickson and curled a home run inside the foul pole in right field to put the Diamondbacks ahead 4-0.
Alex Torres relieved Hellickson with 1-on and 1-out in the 5th inning and once again was outstanding working 1.2 innings allowing just 1 hit striking out 2 and walking 0.
Kyle Farnsworth came in to work the 7th inning and gave up back to back singles to Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt before being removed for Jake McGee who allowed an RBI single to Eric Chavez and the Diamondbacks were up 5-0.
Jamey Wright came in to finish the 7th inning and remained in the game for the 8th inning. A.J. Pollock opened the inning with an infield single, stole 2nd and 3rd, and came in to score on a 2-out RBI single by Gerardo Parra for the Diamondbacks 6th run.
Cesar Ramos came in to work the ninth and gave up a leadoff home run to Paul Goldschmidt, his 24th of the year, to put hte Diamondbacks up 7-0.
Prior to tonight’s game the Rays had won 11 of their last 12 games against left handed pitchers and had a major league best record or 23-11. Additionally, they were hitting a major league best .289 versus left handed starters which was 21 points better than the next closest team (Tigers .286).
None of those gaudy numbers made a difference tonight astThe Rays offense was stymied by Arizona southpaw Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68 ERA) who worked 6.1 scoreless innings allowing 2-hits striking out 8 and walking 5.
In the 6th inning they had runners at 1st and 2nd with 1-out but Ben Zobrist flew out and Sean Rodriguez struck out.
Their best opportunity came in the bottom of the 7th. After Sam Fuld drew a walk to load the bases with 1-out Heath Bell replaced Wade Miley and struck out Desmond Jennings swinging and struck out Evan Longoria looking.
Wil Myers extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Rays will have the day off tomorrow before welcoming in the San Francisco Giants for a weekend series. The Rays will send Chris Archer (6-3, 2.39 ERA) to the mound against the Giants Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.76 ERA)