Rays stay red-hot, down Diamondbacks
July 30, 2013
New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Roberto Hernandez came within one out of a complete-game shutout, and Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs each as the Tampa Bay Rays opened a five-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
The Rays won for the 21st time in 25 games this month and maintained their half-game lead over Boston in the AL East.
Hernandez (6-11) opened the game by hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch and giving up a single to Aaron Hill. He then retired 22 of the next 25 batters before Parra singled leading off the ninth. Eric Chavez ended Hernandez's shutout bid with a two-out home run.
Hernandez struck out six and walked one in his first complete game of the season.
Zobrist and James Loney drove in runs in the first inning off Arizona starter Ian Kennedy, and Escobar made it 3-0 with his eighth home run in the fourth.
Making his 10th straight unsuccessful attempt for his 50th career win, Kennedy (3-8) gave up six hits and three runs while striking out seven in five innings. He has not won since June 1.
Hill had two of Arizona's four hits, but was doubled up after each of them.
NOTES: The game was delayed 20 minutes in the second inning when some lights went out as a result of a lightning strike at a nearby power substation. ... Rays RHP Alex Cobb threw 50 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch three innings Saturday for Port Charlotte of the Class-A Florida State League in a rehab start. Cobb has not pitched for the Rays since sustaining a concussion when he was hit by a line drive on June 15. ... Hill is 19-for-44 (.442) in his last 12 interleague games.
The Associated Press News Service
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved
9-4 L13 Guarantees, +8,761 TY
8-2 +669 L10, 29-14 +1,811 L43
15-8 L23, 23-10 MLB Streak
7-2 +577 L9 G-Plays, +4,268 TY
8-4 L12, 11-5 +725 L16 Guarantees
31-15 Last 46 MLB Selections
33-18 L51 Guaranteed Plays
8-2 L10, 30-11 L41 Guarantees
6-3 Last 9, 11-6 Last 17 Picks
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10%
off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20%
off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000
Member Plays each month!