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Diamondbacks win seesaw affair with eighth-inning rally

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have made an art of the comeback, rallying for victories 30 times in their first 112 games.

No. 31 might have been the most impressive -- and improbable -- of the bunch.

Martin Prado hit a two-run single in the eighth after Arizona blew a three-run lead the inning before, helping the Diamondbacks rally for a 9-8 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

"That's who we are, what we are," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

It was a wild game from the start, featuring 28 combined hits, 12 pitchers and a team-record six double plays by Arizona.

Tampa Bay went up 3-0 in the first inning. Arizona rallied against the Rays' bullpen after starter Chris Archer left in the second, taking a 7-4 lead by the fifth.

Tampa Bay fought back, scoring four runs in the seventh on two-run hits by Evan Longoria and pinch-hitter Sam Fuld.

J.J. Putz (3-1) gave Arizona a chance with a scoreless eighth inning and Arizona took its turn in the bottom half, loading the bases against Joel Peralta (1-5) and Fernando Rodney.

Prado followed with his two-run single to right and Brad Ziegler worked around two baserunners in the ninth for his seventh save, completing Arizona's 22nd victory in its last at-bat.

"The one thing we can be consistent with is go all the way through, 27 outs," said Prado, who had four RBI and four of Arizona's 12 hits. "This team, every single guy is ready to go up there."

The Rays had 16 hits, fought back after Archer went out with forearm stiffness and were up 8-7 after their four-run seventh.

They just couldn't match the Diamondbacks hit for hit, losing their first series since June 18-19 at Boston and back-to-back road games for the first time since June 21-22 at the Yankees.

"It was very difficult because we played hard," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We definitely played hard tonight and well enough to win it. Our bullpen was just not normal tonight. Beyond all the double plays, etc., our bullpen is usually more lockdown than that."

The Rays got off to a good start, scoring three runs in the first inning off Randall Delgado, capped by Yunel Escobar's two-run double.

Archer, the AL's pitcher of the month in July, gave up a run on Paul Goldschmidt's RBI single in the first inning and got two outs in the second before leaving after throwing three pitches to Didi Gregorius. Archer was taken out for precautionary reasons and said he didn't think it was anything serious.

"I am glad they are cautious with me, thinking about the future and hopefully it just dissolves and my next start I am out there at normal game speed," Archer said.

The game's speed picked up from there.

Arizona took advantage of Tampa Bay's bullpen, scoring three runs in the third and fifth innings.

Prado hit a two-run homer off Alex Torres in the third and Aaron Hill followed a two-run double. In the fifth, Chavez had a run-scoring single, Hill another run-scoring double and Wil Nieves had a sacrifice fly that made it 7-4.

The Rays took their turn against Arizona's bullpen once Delgado was gone, loading the bases against Josh Collmenter in the seventh inning. Longoria followed with a two-run double off Will Harris, and Fuld, who replaced Wil Myers (asthma symptoms), put the Rays up 8-7 with a two-run flare single to left off Joe Thatcher.

Problem was, the Diamondbacks still had outs left.

Arizona rallied in the eighth to set up Prado's hit and Ziegler induced a game-ending double play after Tampa Bay put two on with one out in the ninth, finishing off the two-game sweep.

"This is one of those games that tells you that you can go out there and finish strong," Prado said. "That's what we're looking for."

Notes

  • Gregorius made a spectacular diving stop at shortstop on a grounder by Escobar in the fourth inning, throwing from his knees to start a double play.
  • Myers singled in the first inning and has reached base in 21 consecutive games, second-longest by a Tampa Bay rookie behind Rocco Baldelli's 24 games in 2003.
  • The Rays will have their third of four off days in a span of 12 days on Thursday before David Price faces the Dodgers' Chris Capuano on Friday.
  • The Diamondbacks have Thursday off before left-hander Patrick Corbin goes for his 14th victory of the season in the opener of a three-game series against the Mets on Friday.
 
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Martin Prado connects for a home run in the third inning, and comes up big again in the eighth with the go-ahead single.  (USATSI)
Martin Prado connects for a home run in the third inning, and comes up big again in the eighth with the go-ahead single. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Prado
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

M. Joyce
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, 2B5220002 .277
Matt Joyce, RF3131200 .246
Evan Longoria, 3B5212002 .267
Wil Myers, CF3120010 .335
   a-Sam Fuld, PH-CF1012000 .203
James Loney, 1B3000104 .307
Yunel Escobar, SS4022001 .257
Kelly Johnson, LF4121001 .256
Jose Molina, C4120011 .246
Chris Archer, P1000011 .000
   b-Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .243
   c-Luke Scott, PH1010000 .252
   d-Jose Lobaton, PH1000000 .250
Totals36816833  
a-singled for Myers in the 7th
b-grounded out for Torres in the 5th
c-hit a bunt single for McGee in the 7th
d-grounded out for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (27, Delgado), Matt Joyce (15, Delgado), Evan Longoria (25, Harris), Yunel Escobar (18, Delgado)
HR - Kelly Johnson (16, Delgado)
RBI - Matt Joyce (34), Evan Longoria 2 (62), Sam Fuld 2 (15), Yunel Escobar 2 (44), Kelly Johnson (49)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (29), Sam Fuld 2 (7), Yunel Escobar 2 (18), Kelly Johnson (17)
CS - Yunel Escobar (2, 2nd base by Collmenter/Nieves)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Molina-Escobar
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer 1.2211110 2.71
Alex Torres 2.1333141 0.98
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1222000 5.76
Jake McGee 1.2311110 4.40
Joel Peralta (L,1-5; H,29) 1.1122120 3.19
Fernando Rodney (BS,6) 0.2100110 3.69
IBB - Ross by Jake McGee
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 27-17, Alex Torres 49-30, Kyle Farnsworth 9-7, Jake McGee 38-24, Joel Peralta 25-16, Fernando Rodney 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 2-1, Alex Torres 1-2, Joel Peralta 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 7, Alex Torres 11, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Jake McGee 9, Joel Peralta 6, Fernando Rodney 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4220111 .222
Martin Prado, LF-3B4244100 .274
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5011015 .299
Eric Chavez, 3B5221032 .305
Aaron Hill, 2B4022011 .285
Cody Ross, RF-LF3000101 .276
Wil Nieves, C3001010 .357
Didi Gregorius, SS3100112 .264
Randall Delgado, P1100100 .286
   Josh Collmenter, P1000010 .125
   a-Gerardo Parra, PH-RF1110000 .268
Totals34912959  
a-singled for Putz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (24, Farnsworth), Aaron Hill 2 (16, Torres)
HR - Martin Prado (10, Torres)
SF - Wil Nieves (2)
RBI - Martin Prado 4 (48), Paul Goldschmidt (90), Eric Chavez (40), Aaron Hill 2 (22), Wil Nieves (15)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (6)
CS - Paul Goldschmidt (4, 2nd base by Archer/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Goldschmidt-Gregorius, Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Ross-Gregorius, Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Ross-Gregorius-Gregorius-Hill-Goldschmidt, Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Ross-Gregorius-Gregorius-Hill-Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Goldschmidt, Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Ross-Gregorius-Gregorius-Hill-Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Hill-Goldschmidt, Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Ross-Gregorius-Gregorius-Hill-Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Goldschmidt-Gregorius-Hill-Goldschmidt-Hill-Gregorius-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randall Delgado 5844131 3.48
Josh Collmenter (H,2) 1.2433100 3.29
Will Harris 0111000 2.40
Joe Thatcher (BS,3) 0.1100000 1.95
J.J. Putz (W,3-1) 1100000 2.74
Brad Ziegler (S,7) 1100100 2.10
Pitches-Strikes - Randall Delgado 90-56, Josh Collmenter 27-18, Will Harris 1-1, Joe Thatcher 5-3, J.J. Putz 5-4, Brad Ziegler 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randall Delgado 4-5, Josh Collmenter 3-0, J.J. Putz 2-0, Brad Ziegler 2-0
Batters Faced - Randall Delgado 21, Josh Collmenter 8, Will Harris 1, Joe Thatcher 2, J.J. Putz 3, Brad Ziegler 4
Game Information
Attendance - 18733
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman