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Rays Fall Flat, Lose To Diamondbacks 7-0

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.

[1]Jeremy Hellickson [2] (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 [3] took the opportunity to give his bullpen much needed work as Alex Torres [4], Kyle Farnsworth [5], Jake McGee [6], Jamey Wright [7], and Cesar Ramos [8] 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 [9] sent a chopper to Yunel Escobar [10] 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 [11] followed with a 2-RBI single to give the Diamondbacks the early 2-0 lead.

In the top of the 3rd inning Eric Chavez [12] 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 [13] and Paul Goldschmidt [14] 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 [15] 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 [16] 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 [17] (8-8, 3.68 ERA) who worked 6.1 scoreless innings allowing 2-hits striking out 8 and walking 5.

The Rays had their opportunities to score but were unable to deliver key hits. In the 3rd inning they had runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1-out but Sean Rodriguez [18] flew out and Ryan Roberts [19] struck out.

In the 6th inning they had runners at 1st and 2nd with 1-out but Ben Zobrist [20] flew out and Sean Rodriguez struck out.

Their best opportunity came in the bottom of the 7th. After Sam Fuld [21] drew a walk to load the bases with 1-out Heath Bell [22] replaced Wade Miley and struck out Desmond Jennings [23] swinging and struck out Evan Longoria [24] 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 [25] (6-3, 2.39 ERA) to the mound against the Giants Madison Bumgarner [26] (10-6, 2.76 ERA)