Blake Snell sparkles, Rays rout Diamondbacks 12-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell's bid for a perfect game was over even before the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed a two-out single in the sixth inning of Tampa Bay's 12-1 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Losing the no-hitter merely made it easier for Rays manager Kevin Cash to pull the plug on his ace's best outing of the season.

''I need to send a case of beer over to the guy who got the hit,'' Cash said after Ildemaro Vargas' sharp grounder through the hole between shortstop and third base ended the suspense.

Cash insisted that even if the 26-year-old left-hander had retired Vargas, he already had made up his mind Snell wasn't going back out to the mound for the seventh.

''You've always got to keep in mind what the big goal is here, and that's keeping all of our good players as healthy as possible,'' Cash said.

Snell (3-3) rebounded from allowing a career-high seven runs over three innings of an 8-2 loss at Kansas City last week to strike out nine before giving up the hit to Vargas on his 70th pitch.

''It was a changeup and he just hit it,'' Snell said. ''The sixth inning was really the only inning I started thinking about it. It was a cool experience to have, but now I need to stop thinking about it and move on.''

Snell hit the next batter with a pitch before getting Tim Locastro on a groundout that ended his night.

''It was pretty dominant stuff,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''We have a very, very offensive team, and he kept them checked.''

Chaz Roe relieved to start the seventh and Casey Sadler allowed an unearned run in the ninth to finish a two-hitter before 8,124, the lowest crowd at Tropicana Field since September 2017.

Pham's grand slam off Merrill Kelly (3-3) finished a five-run second inning that put the AL East leaders up 6-0. Daniel Robertson and Avisail Garcia drove in three runs apiece for the Rays, who have the best record in the majors.

Kelly, a 30-year-old rookie who began his pro career in the Rays organization, allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings.

Before Vargas broke up the perfect game on a 1-0 pitch, the closest the Diamondbacks came to getting a hit was John Ryan Murphy's third-inning line drive that Robertson, the Tampa Bay shortstop, snared with a leaping catch.

Arizona's Christian Walker worked the count to 3-2 with one out in the fifth before taking a third called strike.

''He did exactly what he wanted to do,'' Walker said. ''The curveball is what he's got. The heater, if you're on it, you can at least foul back. He didn't throw many heaters by us. There was a lot of curveballs, a lot of bounced curveballs and a lot of take for third strike.''

Garcia had a two-run homer off Murphy, the Arizona catcher who pitched the eighth inning for the Diamondbacks.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery last April) threw four innings in an extended spring training game, allowing two earned runs and three hits while striking out four. ... C Alex Avila (left quadriceps strain) caught Walker's 47 pitches and went 1 for 3 at the plate. The Diamondbacks have yet to determine whether Avila will need a minor league rehab assignment.

Rays: RF Austin Meadows (sprained right thumb) went through a full workout and hopes to start a minor league rehab assignment this week. ... Manager Kevin Cash said Matt Duffy's rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte for back and left hamstring injuries has been stopped because the third baseman ''doesn't quite feel 100 percent.'' Cash is hopeful that a date for when Duffy will resume the assignment can be made in the near future.

FIRST WIN IN A MONTH

Snell made his third start since returning from a stint on the injured list with a broken toe on his right foot. He won for the first time since beating the White Sox in Chicago on April 8. The Rays improved to 3-4 in games started by the 2018 Cy Young winner, compared to 19-8 in games started by all other pitchers.

UP NEXT

Rookie Taylor Clarke makes his first major league start for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. He earned a save in his only other big league appearance, pitching three scoreless innings against the Cubs on April 20. The Rays will send opener Ryne Stanek to the mound first.

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  • W: B. Snell (3-3)L: M. Kelly (3-3)
  • HR: TB - A. Garcia (5), T. Pham (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Locastro LF-CF30000010.235.435.235.6700.5
K. Marte CF30000022.261.315.537.852-1.0
B. Swihart LF11100000.227.306.386.6922.0
E. Escobar DH20000100.297.370.547.9171.0
C. Kelly C00000100.211.274.386.6601.0
A. Jones RF40000012.273.340.492.833-0.5
C. Walker 1B30000122.306.378.595.9730.0
W. Flores 2B40000003.255.304.351.6550.0
N. Ahmed SS30000020.254.294.413.707-1.0
J. Murphy C-P30000020.186.271.419.689-1.0
I. Vargas 3B30100000.213.213.340.5531.0
M. Kelly P0000-000.000.091.000.000-
Z. Godley P0000-000.273.333.273.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Lowe 2B41110116.307.365.570.9353.5
    T. Pham LF41241111.302.411.468.87910.5
    J. Choi 1B50110001.256.353.419.7722.0
    Y. Diaz 3B41100013.257.356.513.8692.5
    A. Velazquez 3B10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    N. Lowe DH42200111.259.300.333.6335.5
    A. Garcia RF43331101.287.344.496.84013.0
    K. Kiermaier CF50000005.241.306.420.7260.0
    M. Zunino C32200001.214.250.405.6555.0
    D. Robertson SS22130200.180.291.292.5839.0
    B. Snell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Sadler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 2 (2), W. Flores 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Diaz (6), N. Lowe (2), D. Robertson (4)
      • HR - T. Pham (5), A. Garcia (5)
      • RBI - B. Lowe (20), T. Pham 4 (18), J. Choi (11), A. Garcia 3 (13), D. Robertson 3 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe (10), T. Pham 4 (9), A. Garcia 2 (7), D. Robertson 2 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 3 (3), T. Pham, Y. Diaz 2 (2), M. Zunino
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ahmed-Flores-Walker)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Robertson-Lowe-Choi)
      • E - A. Velazquez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Kelly (L, 3-3)4.07773214.851.49-9.0
      Z. Godley3.04333207.711.780.0
      J. Murphy1.022200127.004.33-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Kelly (L, 3-3)4.0
      Z. Godley3.0
      J. Murphy1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 3-3)6.01000903.620.9631.5
      C. Roe1.00002003.722.071.0
      C. Sadler2.01101100.001.004.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 3-3)6.0
      C. Roe1.0
      C. Sadler2.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Kelly
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 94-53, Z. Godley 56-35, J. Murphy 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 5-4, Z. Godley 4-3, J. Murphy 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 22, Z. Godley 16, J. Murphy 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Snell
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 83-61, C. Roe 20-10, C. Sadler 37-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 3-6, C. Roe 1-1, C. Sadler 3-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 20, C. Roe 4, C. Sadler 9
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Locastro LF-CF30000010.235.435.235.6700.5
      K. Marte CF30000022.261.315.537.852-1.0
      B. Swihart LF11100000.227.306.386.6922.0
      E. Escobar DH20000100.297.370.547.9171.0
      C. Kelly C00000100.211.274.386.6601.0
      A. Jones RF40000012.273.340.492.833-0.5
      C. Walker 1B30000122.306.378.595.9730.0
      W. Flores 2B40000003.255.304.351.6550.0
      N. Ahmed SS30000020.254.294.413.707-1.0
      J. Murphy C-P30000020.186.271.419.689-1.0
      I. Vargas 3B30100000.213.213.340.5531.0
      M. Kelly P0000-000.000.091.000.000-
      Z. Godley P0000-000.273.333.273.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Lowe 2B41110116.307.365.570.9353.5
        T. Pham LF41241111.302.411.468.87910.5
        J. Choi 1B50110001.256.353.419.7722.0
        Y. Diaz 3B41100013.257.356.513.8692.5
        A. Velazquez 3B10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        N. Lowe DH42200111.259.300.333.6335.5
        A. Garcia RF43331101.287.344.496.84013.0
        K. Kiermaier CF50000005.241.306.420.7260.0
        M. Zunino C32200001.214.250.405.6555.0
        D. Robertson SS22130200.180.291.292.5839.0
        B. Snell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Sadler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 2 (2), W. Flores 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Diaz (6), N. Lowe (2), D. Robertson (4)
          • HR - T. Pham (5), A. Garcia (5)
          • RBI - B. Lowe (20), T. Pham 4 (18), J. Choi (11), A. Garcia 3 (13), D. Robertson 3 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe (10), T. Pham 4 (9), A. Garcia 2 (7), D. Robertson 2 (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 3 (3), T. Pham, Y. Diaz 2 (2), M. Zunino
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Ahmed-Flores-Walker)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Robertson-Lowe-Choi)
          • E - A. Velazquez
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Kelly (L, 3-3)4.07773214.851.49-9.0
          Z. Godley3.04333207.711.780.0
          J. Murphy1.022200127.004.33-1.0
          Total8.0131212642---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Kelly (L, 3-3)4.0
          Z. Godley3.0
          J. Murphy1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (W, 3-3)6.01000903.620.9631.5
          C. Roe1.00002003.722.071.0
          C. Sadler2.01101100.001.004.5
          Total9.02103100---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (W, 3-3)6.0
          C. Roe1.0
          C. Sadler2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Kelly
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 94-53, Z. Godley 56-35, J. Murphy 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 5-4, Z. Godley 4-3, J. Murphy 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 22, Z. Godley 16, J. Murphy 5
          PITCHING
          • HBP - B. Snell
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 83-61, C. Roe 20-10, C. Sadler 37-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 3-6, C. Roe 1-1, C. Sadler 3-3
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 20, C. Roe 4, C. Sadler 9
          • 9TH INNING
            Jones reached on fielder's choice to left, Swihart scored, Kelly to third on 3rd baseman Velazquez fielding error112
          • 8TH INNING
            Garcia homered to center, Lowe scored012
          • 7TH INNING
            Lowe singled to right, Robertson scored010
            Robertson doubled to deep right center, Garcia and Zunino scored09
          • 3RD INNING
            Garcia singled to deep left, Diaz scored07
          • 2ND INNING
            Pham homered to center, Garcia, Zunino and Robertson scored06
            Robertson walked, Lowe scored, Garcia to third, Zunino to second02
          • 1ST INNING
            Choi reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowe scored, Pham out at second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Sadler Pitching:
            • T. Locastro: Ball, Locastro popped out to third
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart singled to right
            • C. Kelly: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kelly walked, Swihart to second
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones reached on fielder's choice to left, Swihart scored, Kelly to third on 3rd baseman Velazquez fielding error
            • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Walker flied out to left
            • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Flores fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Andrew Velazquez at third base
            • Casey Sadler relieved Chaz Roe
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • I. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vargas grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Swihart in left field
            • Carson Kelly catching
            • J. Choi: Foul, Choi grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Velazquez: Ball, Ball, Velazquez popped out to shortstop
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowe doubled to left center
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia homered to center, Lowe scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Escobar out at second
            • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
            • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Flores flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Godley Pitching:
            • N. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Lowe struck out on foul tip
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia walked
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to right
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Zunino singled to left, Garcia to second
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robertson doubled to deep right center, Garcia and Zunino scored
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lowe singled to right, Robertson scored
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
            • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • I. Vargas: Foul, Ball, Vargas singled to left
            • T. Locastro: Foul, Ball, Locastro hit by pitch, Vargas to second
            • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Godley Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Lowe lined out to left
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Choi singled to center, Pham to third, Choi to second
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones flied out to right
            • C. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
            • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Flores flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zack Godley relieved Merrill Kelly
            • N. Lowe: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
            • A. Garcia: Garcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lowe out at second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier fouled out to catcher
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Garcia out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Locastro fouled out to first
            • K. Marte: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
            • E. Escobar: Escobar fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pham grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Choi grounded out to second
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
            • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy lined out to shortstop
            • I. Vargas: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vargas grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz doubled to left center
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe lined out to center, Diaz to third
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia singled to deep left, Diaz scored
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to left
            • M. Zunino: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino singled to deep left, Garcia to second
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked, Garcia to third, Zunino to second
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowe flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • C. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Flores lined out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • N. Lowe: Ball, Lowe singled to left center
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lowe to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier lined out to left
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Zunino hit by pitch, Lowe to third, Garcia to second
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson walked, Lowe scored, Garcia to third, Zunino to second
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham homered to center, Garcia, Zunino and Robertson scored
            • J. Choi: Ball, Choi grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Locastro struck out swinging
            • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Kelly Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham singled to center, Lowe to third
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Choi reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowe scored, Pham out at second
            • Y. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choi out at second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)