Tampa Bay 5, Arizona 2

Date - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Chris Guccione,
Attendance - 17402

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0
Tampa Bay 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 54-52 30-24 24-28 L3
Tampa Bay 64-43 35-19 29-24 W2

Recap


Rays 5, Diamondbacks 2: Roberto Hernandez pitched his first complete game of the season and Yunel Escobar belted a solo homer while knocking in two runs as host Tampa Bay won for the 10th time in 11 interleague games.

Hernandez (6-11) lost his shutout with two outs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Eric Chavez, one of five hits he allowed while striking out six. Ben Zobrist recorded three hits and two RBIs as the Rays improved to 21-4 in July, which clinches their best month in franchise history. 

Aaron Hill registered two hits for Arizona, which has lost seven of its 11 games since the All-Star break. Ian Kennedy (3-8) extended his winless streak to 10 starts, giving up three runs and six hits while striking out seven over five innings for the Diamondbacks.

Desmond Jennings led off with a double, quickly scoring on Zobrist’s single, and James Loney doubled in another run as the Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The game was delayed 20 minutes by a partial power outage in the second, and two innings later Escobar extended the lead to 3-0 on an opposite-field blast to right.

Matt Joyce walked and moved to third on the first of Jose Molina’s two singles before scoring on Escobar’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Rays turned two double plays for Hernandez, who threw 102 pitches for his eighth career complete game to help Tampa Bay maintain a half-game lead atop the American League East.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay's previous best month came in June 2004, when it finished 20-6. …  Chavez batted fourth as the designated hitter, going 1-for-3 with a walk. … Tampa Bay RF Wil Myers singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Arizona   Tampa Bay
Ian Kennedy Player Roberto Hernandez
Loss W/L Win
5.0 IP 9.0
7 Strikeouts 6
6 Hits 5
5.40 ERA 2.00
Hitting
Arizona   Tampa Bay
Aaron Hill Player Ben Zobrist
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 2
0 HR 0
2 TB 5
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Arizona 5 1 8 .167 11 6 2 1 0 0
Tampa Bay 10 1 17 .312 21 11 5 7 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Rays have a W/L % of .619 after a win and .581 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Diamondbacks have a W/L % of .519 after a win and .500 after a loss.