Dandy dozen: Archer leads Rays past D-backs

June 7th, 2016

PHOENIX -- The Rays used a four-run rally in the fifth inning to support a solid outing from starter Chris Archer in a 6-4 win over the D-backs in the series opener at Chase Field on Monday night.
Archer (4-7) gave up three runs on five hits in six innings and tied a season high with 12 strikeouts. The right-hander notched his first win since May 17 after losing his three prior starts. Tim Beckham and Desmond Jennings each homered for Tampa Bay, while Jennings collected three hits, reached base four times and fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
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"When you strike out a lot of people, your pitch count is going to be high," Archer said. "I'm very impressed with our bullpen, considering the heavy usage, and it's really fun. We are putting pressure on the defense right now."

D-backs starter Robbie Ray (2-5) allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander couldn't complete six innings for the eighth time in his last nine starts as he continues to struggle to work deep into games. Arizona trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to two runs in the seventh, but pinch-hitter Brandon Drury struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
"Some of it's pitching, but we have to make a better adjustment. We know that," said D-backs manager Chip Hale, whose team struck out 15 times. "It's one of those things you talk about a lot and all of a sudden guys start thinking about it too much. We have to find a way to get better at it."
The Rays won their fourth game in a row after they had lost eight of their previous nine. The D-backs lost for the 10th time in 14 games.
Rays' rally:Mikie Mahtook's double to start the fifth inning marked the beginning of the end for Ray and the D-backs. Beckham followed with a two-run home run to put the Rays ahead, 3-2, and the visitors rattled off two more runs in the frame as they sent nine batters to the plate for a comfortable three-run lead.

Ray hammers Rays: Ray hit his first career home run to lead off the bottom of the third inning, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The starter became the first D-backs pitcher to hit a homer since Wade Miley on April 22, 2013. After his long blast to right field, Ray enjoyed a slow trot around the bases before receiving a silent treatment from his Arizona teammates when he returned to the dugout. He then singled in the fourth for the first multihit game of his career.

"I just ambushed, expecting him to throw another heater and happened to connect," Ray said. "It was a fun moment." More >
Signs of life: Stymied for three innings, the Rays' offense came alive with two outs in the fourth inning with consecutive singles by Jennings, Taylor Motter and Curt Casali to the cut the D-backs' lead to 2-1.

Welcome back: D-backs outfielder David Peralta was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday's game, and he wasted no time getting back to contributing on offense. He hit a solo home run in the sixth and went 2-for-3. Peralta had been on the DL since May 15 with right wrist inflammation. More >

"What we have been able to do is impressive these last four games. We got started off not a good foot and to not be affected and to continue to fill up the strike zone and put the ball in play and score runs has been impressive. Our three-, four- and five-hole hitters have been impressive the past four or five games. It's nice to see." -- Archer
Not only was Ray the first D-backs pitcher to homer in more than three years, but he was the first to do so at Chase Field since Daniel Hudson on July 17, 2011.
Colome in record books
Rays closer Alex Colome earned his fourth consecutive save Monday night and is 16-for-16 in save opportunities this season, tying a club record set by Rafael Soriano in 2010 and Al Reyes in 2007.

Rays manager Kevin Cash joked that he was going to send Colome out of town on an airplane to avoid using him Tuesday.
"We are ready everyday and there in the bullpen if they need us to come into the game," Colome said. "I feel good. I can throw 97 and 98 [mph], but when I throw 95, 94, 93, I feel like I can throw down and with more command of the fastball."
Rays:Matt Moore will be on the hill in the second game of the series against the D-backs at 9:40 p.m. ET. Moore took a no-decision against the Twins in his last outing and was lifted after 96 pitches in five innings. The left-hander has told the Rays that he feels he can pitch deeper into games.
D-backs:Zack Greinke will take the mound at Chase Field looking for better results at home in the second of three games against Tampa Bay at 6:40 MT. Although Greinke is 7-1 with a 3.46 ERA over his last 10 starts, the right-handed ace has a 6.54 ERA in seven starts at Chase Field.
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