Lowe homers on 1st pitch in 1st; Rays beat Diamondbacks 6-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Early power hitting and pitching set the tone for the surging Tampa Bay Rays.

Brandon Lowe homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the first, opener Ryne Stanek and five other relievers combined on a seven-hitter, and the Rays moved to a season-high 11 games over .500 with a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

''One swing and we're up 1-0,'' winner Jalen Beeks said. ''He's hot, he's rolling with it.''

Lowe drove in his second run on a grounder during a three-run seventh as Tampa Bay improved to 9-1-2 in series play by taking the first two games of the three-game set.

''There's a lot of things that he does that helps us win,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''He really gets it done in those big situations.''

After Stanek struck out four in two innings, Beeks (2-0) gave up one run and three hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Rookie Taylor Clarke allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings in his first start and second appearance for the Diamondbacks. The 25-year old right-hander had a three-inning save against the Chicago Cubs in his major league debut on April 20.

''He gets clipped for a first-pitch home run,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Not exactly the way you want things to happen, but it did not faze him. He executed and he kept us in the game. You give up two runs in six innings, you give your team a chance to win.''

Arizona's Wilmer Flores and Carson Kelly both hit solo homers in the ninth off Adam Kolarek.

''Kept a good lineup fairly quiet there until the end,'' Cash said.

Tampa Bay beat the Diamondbacks 12-1 Monday night.

Lowe's eighth homer in the first off Clarke extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

It's not a good way to start the game,'' Clarke said. ''But it is what it is, and you just keep making pitches after that.''

The Rays have outscored opponents 32-11 during the first inning.

The other run allowed by Clarke came on Daniel Robertson's double play grounder in the fourth that put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1.

Arizona tied it at 1 earlier in the fourth on Nick Ahmed's run-scoring double off Beeks.

Beeks had allowed three hits in 11 1/3 scoreless innings over his previous two appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Lovullo said C Alex Avila (strained left quadriceps) cleared ''a pretty big hurdle'' by playing back-to-back days at extended spring training. It hasn't been announced if he will rejoin the team this weekend. ... RHP Matt Andriese stayed in the game after he appeared to get hit on the underside of the left forearm by a ball hit by Guillermo Heredia in the eighth.

Rays: RF Austin Meadows (strained right thumb) went 0 for 3 with a walk in his first extended spring training game and could be reinstated from the IL on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. ... 3B Matt Duffy (strained left hamstring) could resume a rehab assignment Friday after building up strength in his legs. ... C Michael Perez was scratched with right oblique tightness.

STILL FLASHING LEATHER

Arizona RF Adam Jones made a leaping catch in the right field corner to take away an extra-base hit from Robertson in the second. The 33-year old, in his first season with the Diamondbacks, was a four-time Golden Glove winner with the Baltimore Orioles.

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The announced crowd was 8,059. It's the eighth time in 18 home games that the AL East-leading Rays drew under 10,000.

UP NEXT

Rays RHP Charlie Morton (3-0) and Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-1) are the scheduled starters for Wednesday's series finale.

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  • W: J. Beeks (2-0)L: T. Clarke (0-1)
  • HR: ARI - W. Flores (2), C. Kelly (2), TB - B. Lowe (8)
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E. Escobar 3B40000014.288.360.530.890-0.5
D. Peralta LF40000012.303.342.517.859-0.5
A. Jones RF31100120.275.345.489.8334.0
C. Walker DH40000032.296.367.576.943-1.5
W. Flores 1B41211012.265.311.388.6996.5
N. Ahmed SS40110011.254.293.415.7082.5
I. Vargas 2B40100011.216.216.333.5490.5
C. Kelly C31211100.233.303.467.7709.0
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    B. Lowe RF-2B51221004.311.366.597.9639.0
    T. Pham LF40000014.292.400.454.854-0.5
    J. Choi DH40110001.256.349.411.7602.0
    Y. Diaz 3B-1B41200012.265.360.521.8813.5
    N. Lowe 1B30200000.300.333.367.7002.0
    G. Heredia RF10000000.188.316.313.6280.0
    D. Robertson 2B-3B41100002.183.290.290.5802.0
    K. Kiermaier CF31000102.235.305.409.7136.0
    W. Adames SS31200111.234.299.327.6263.5
    M. Zunino C41220011.227.261.420.6815.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Ahmed (10), C. Kelly (8)
      • HR - W. Flores (2), C. Kelly (2)
      • RBI - W. Flores (12), N. Ahmed (17), C. Kelly (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Ahmed (7), C. Kelly (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Escobar 2 (2), D. Peralta 2 (2), W. Flores, N. Ahmed, I. Vargas
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Lowe (8), Y. Diaz (7), M. Zunino (6)
      • HR - B. Lowe (8)
      • RBI - B. Lowe 2 (22), J. Choi (12), M. Zunino 2 (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi (4), M. Zunino (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 2 (2), T. Pham, J. Choi, Y. Diaz 2 (2), W. Adames
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Jones
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier 2 (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Vargas-Flores)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Clarke (L, 0-1)6.07220212.000.898.0
      Y. Hirano0.24330105.541.62-6.5
      M. Andriese1.01112104.791.45-0.5
      A. Chafin0.10000003.751.500.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Clarke (L, 0-1)6.0
      Y. Hirano0.2
      M. Andriese1.0
      A. Chafin0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek2.01000402.501.007.0
      J. Beeks (W, 2-0)3.13110302.481.1713.5
      C. Roe (H, 7)0.20001003.482.03-1.0
      D. Castillo (H, 8)1.01001002.081.101.0
      E. Pagan1.00000301.000.224.5
      A. Kolarek1.02220123.001.25-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek2.0
      J. Beeks (W, 2-0)3.1
      C. Roe (H, 7)0.2
      D. Castillo (H, 8)1.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      A. Kolarek1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Clarke 90-61, Y. Hirano 29-18, M. Andriese 37-20, A. Chafin 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Clarke 11-3, Y. Hirano 1-1, M. Andriese 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Clarke 23, Y. Hirano 7, M. Andriese 6, A. Chafin
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Beeks (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 33-23, J. Beeks 50-31, C. Roe 15-8, D. Castillo 19-9, E. Pagan 13-10, A. Kolarek 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-1, J. Beeks 3-4, C. Roe 1-1, D. Castillo 2-1, A. Kolarek 2-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, J. Beeks 14, C. Roe 3, D. Castillo 5, E. Pagan 3, A. Kolarek 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      K. Marte CF40000012.254.311.522.8330.5
      E. Escobar 3B40000014.288.360.530.890-0.5
      D. Peralta LF40000012.303.342.517.859-0.5
      A. Jones RF31100120.275.345.489.8334.0
      C. Walker DH40000032.296.367.576.943-1.5
      W. Flores 1B41211012.265.311.388.6996.5
      N. Ahmed SS40110011.254.293.415.7082.5
      I. Vargas 2B40100011.216.216.333.5490.5
      C. Kelly C31211100.233.303.467.7709.0
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        B. Lowe RF-2B51221004.311.366.597.9639.0
        T. Pham LF40000014.292.400.454.854-0.5
        J. Choi DH40110001.256.349.411.7602.0
        Y. Diaz 3B-1B41200012.265.360.521.8813.5
        N. Lowe 1B30200000.300.333.367.7002.0
        G. Heredia RF10000000.188.316.313.6280.0
        D. Robertson 2B-3B41100002.183.290.290.5802.0
        K. Kiermaier CF31000102.235.305.409.7136.0
        W. Adames SS31200111.234.299.327.6263.5
        M. Zunino C41220011.227.261.420.6815.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Ahmed (10), C. Kelly (8)
          • HR - W. Flores (2), C. Kelly (2)
          • RBI - W. Flores (12), N. Ahmed (17), C. Kelly (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Ahmed (7), C. Kelly (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Escobar 2 (2), D. Peralta 2 (2), W. Flores, N. Ahmed, I. Vargas
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Lowe (8), Y. Diaz (7), M. Zunino (6)
          • HR - B. Lowe (8)
          • RBI - B. Lowe 2 (22), J. Choi (12), M. Zunino 2 (17)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi (4), M. Zunino (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 2 (2), T. Pham, J. Choi, Y. Diaz 2 (2), W. Adames
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Jones
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - K. Kiermaier 2 (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Vargas-Flores)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Clarke (L, 0-1)6.07220212.000.898.0
          Y. Hirano0.24330105.541.62-6.5
          M. Andriese1.01112104.791.45-0.5
          A. Chafin0.10000003.751.500.0
          Total8.01266241---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Clarke (L, 0-1)6.0
          Y. Hirano0.2
          M. Andriese1.0
          A. Chafin0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek2.01000402.501.007.0
          J. Beeks (W, 2-0)3.13110302.481.1713.5
          C. Roe (H, 7)0.20001003.482.03-1.0
          D. Castillo (H, 8)1.01001002.081.101.0
          E. Pagan1.00000301.000.224.5
          A. Kolarek1.02220123.001.25-0.5
          Total9.07332112---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek2.0
          J. Beeks (W, 2-0)3.1
          C. Roe (H, 7)0.2
          D. Castillo (H, 8)1.0
          E. Pagan1.0
          A. Kolarek1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Clarke 90-61, Y. Hirano 29-18, M. Andriese 37-20, A. Chafin 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Clarke 11-3, Y. Hirano 1-1, M. Andriese 2-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Clarke 23, Y. Hirano 7, M. Andriese 6, A. Chafin
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Beeks (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 33-23, J. Beeks 50-31, C. Roe 15-8, D. Castillo 19-9, E. Pagan 13-10, A. Kolarek 21-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-1, J. Beeks 3-4, C. Roe 1-1, D. Castillo 2-1, A. Kolarek 2-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, J. Beeks 14, C. Roe 3, D. Castillo 5, E. Pagan 3, A. Kolarek 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Kelly homered to right36
            Flores homered to left26
          • 8TH INNING
            Zunino singled to shallow left, Kiermaier scored, Adames to third16
          • 7TH INNING
            Choi reached on an infield single to first, Zunino scored, Lowe to second15
            Lowe reached on fielder's choice to first, Adames scored, Zunino to third14
            Zunino doubled to deep right, Robertson scored, Adames to third13
          • 4TH INNING
            Robertson grounded into double play second to first, Diaz scored, Lowe out at second12
            Ahmed doubled to deep right center, Jones scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Lowe homered to center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Emilio Pagan
            • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flores homered to left
            • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
            • I. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to first
            • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kelly homered to right
            • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Diego Castillo
            • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • C. Walker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Andriese Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heredia grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier walked
            • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames walked
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Zunino singled to shallow left, Kiermaier scored, Adames to third
            • Andrew Chafin relieved Matt Andriese
            • B. Lowe: Lowe flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Guillermo Heredia in right field
            • Diego Castillo relieved Chaz Roe
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Ahmed grounded out to second
            • I. Vargas: Vargas singled to center
            • C. Kelly: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kelly walked, Vargas to second
            • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte lined out to first
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yoshihisa Hirano relieved Taylor Clarke
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Robertson singled to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier fouled out to third
            • W. Adames: Adames singled to deep left, Robertson to third
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zunino doubled to deep right, Robertson scored, Adames to third
            • B. Lowe: Lowe reached on fielder's choice to first, Adames scored, Zunino to third
            • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choi reached on an infield single to first, Zunino scored, Lowe to second
            • Matt Andriese relieved Yoshihisa Hirano
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Diaz struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta grounded out to second
            • Chaz Roe relieved Jalen Beeks
            • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
            • C. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walker flied out to right
            • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Jones stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Flores reached on fielder's choice to third, Jones out at third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clarke Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choi grounded out to first
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz singled to right center
            • N. Lowe: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Diaz out at second, Diaz caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Lowe grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • C. Kelly: Ball, Kelly lined out to center
            • K. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Marte flied out to left
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clarke Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Foul, Adames singled to right center
            • M. Zunino: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Lowe reached on fielder's choice to first, Adames out at second
            • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Pham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lowe out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones singled to right center
            • C. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • W. Flores: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
            • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ahmed doubled to deep right center, Jones scored
            • I. Vargas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clarke Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz doubled to deep left
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe singled to center, Diaz to third
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Robertson grounded into double play second to first, Diaz scored, Lowe out at second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Ryne Stanek
            • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to third
            • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Kelly doubled to left center
            • K. Marte: Ball, Marte hit by pitch
            • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clarke Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Lowe doubled to left
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham flied out to right, Lowe to third
            • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Choi grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • C. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Walker struck out on foul tip
            • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flores singled to center
            • N. Ahmed: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ahmed grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clarke Pitching:
            • N. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Lowe singled to right
            • D. Robertson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Robertson flied out to deep right
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowe out at second
            • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kiermaier stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
            • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Peralta flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clarke Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Lowe homered to center
            • T. Pham: Foul, Pham grounded out to third
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Choi flied out to left
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)