The offensive woes that plagued the Diamondbacks during their recent road trip apparently weren’t issued a return ticket home as the Diamondbacks kicked off an eight-game homestand with a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 19458 Tuesday at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks eclipsed their five-run output during their four losses during that six-game road trip and the bulk of that offensive came courtesy a four-run fourth inning. Eric Chavez smacked an RBI double and Cody Ross continued his hot streak at the plate with a three-run home run – his eighth of the season. Chavez added another RBI double in the fifth and he and catcher Wil Nieves finished with multi-hit performances. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt had three walks. Lefty Wade Miley (9-8) outlasted Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (10-5) who the Diamondbacks chased with two outs in the fifth. The Rays racked up seven hits but only Evan Longoria was able to make a dent in the scoreboard when he knocked in his 22nd home run in the fourth. Heath Bell and Brad Ziegler worked scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth respectively. With the win the Diamondbacks cut the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to five games. Encore performance: Last week left-hander Wade Miley allowed only two hits and eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings of work en route to a 7-0 road win against the Rays. He wasn’t as dominant this go-around but the result was the same. Miley gave up five hits and struck out five. It was the 12th straight start in which he’s allowed three runs or less. “Earlier (in the season) I was getting upset with myself after one or two minor mistakes and it was just causing bigger things to escalate” Miley said. “I’ve really been trusting the scouting report trusting our plan and Wil’s done a great job back there.” Quick reaction: With one out in the seventh Jason Bourgeois hit a comebacker to the mound that Miley quickly blocked with his glove before snapping the ball up and making the out at first. Miley struck out Luke Scott to end the inning and finished the game with 103 pitches.
Miley, Ross lead Diamondbacks over Rays 6-1
Arizona Republic | Aug 7