Diamondbacks 6, Rays 1

Cody Ross has had more success hitting against Jeremy Hellickson

recently than in explaining how he’s done it.

Ross hit a three-run homer off Hellickson and Wade Miley allowed

five hits in seven innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat

the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 on Tuesday night.

”He’s got good stuff and located the ball well,” said Ross,

who is 5 for 11 with five RBIs against Hellickson.

”His changeup is as good as it gets and he lives and dies with

it. There are just certain guys you time up well and certain guys

you don’t. I’ve hit him well the last two games but not as much

before that.”

Ross has hit safely in six of his past eight games, batting .452

(14 for 31) over that span.

”He’s barreling the ball a lot better,” Arizona manager Kirk

Gibson said. ”You can see that coming on. He’s much calmer at the

plate and not jumping at the pitch.”

Ross’ eighth home run came moments after Eric Chavez doubled

home Paul Goldschmidt to tie the game 1-1 in the fourth. Hellickson

then walked Aaron Hill before Ross homered to left to make it 4-1

one pitch after fouling a ball off his right calf and falling to

the ground.

”You can’t walk the leadoff guy in an inning,” Hellickson

said. ”I still could have limited the damage a little bit. I fell

behind to Chavez and couldn’t make a good pitch when I needed

to.”

Hellickson (10-5) failed to pitch past the fifth inning for the

second straight outing for the Rays, both against the

Diamondbacks.

Hellickson gave up five runs and five hits and three walks, hit

a batter and struck out one as the Rays slipped 1 1/2 games behind

Boston in the AL East.

It was Hellickson’s first road loss since April 25 against the

Chicago White Sox.

Miley (9-8) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two for

his fifth win in his past six starts.

”You want to get a good rhythm going,” Miley said. ”That’s

when you have success. Earlier I was getting upset with myself

after one or two small mistakes and it’s kind of snowballed. I get

too quick and I’m just firing it up there, no mindset, no

thought.”

Chavez finished with a pair of RBI doubles for the Diamondbacks,

who pulled within five games of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL

West.

”We just have to put runs on the board more,” said Chavez, who

has seven RBIs in three games against the Rays this season.

Tampa Bay went ahead 1-0 on Evan Longoria’s 22nd home run with

one out in the fourth.

Arizona added a run in the fifth when Hellickson walked

Goldschmidt and Chavez doubled off reliever Jamey Wright.

Martin Prado extended the lead to 6-1 with an RBI double to

center, scoring Adam Eaton in the seventh inning.

”We had a lot of hard outs,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

”We hit some balls hard for outs. I like our approach better

versus Miley tonight but the four-spot did hurt.”

NOTES: Tampa Bay was making its third trip to Arizona and first

since 2007. … Before the game, the Rays placed Desmond Jennings

on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 4 with a small

fracture in his left middle finger. Tampa Bay selected OF Jason

Bourgeois from Triple-A Durham to replace Jennings. … The Rays

also moved RHP Alex Cobb, out with a concussion, to the 60-day

disabled list from the 15-day DL. … Miley has allowed eight runs

in his past seven starts to lower his ERA from 4.55 to 3.56. .

Hellickson singled in the fifth, his first career hit. … Heath

Bell, who pitched the eighth, has posted 11 consecutive scoreless

outings spanning 11 1-3 innings with 15 strikeouts. … RHP Chris

Archer (6-4) will attempt to get back on track Wednesday when he

faces LHP Randall Delgado (4-3) and the Diamondbacks. Archer

allowed four runs in his last start against San Francisco, matching

his total for the month of July. Delgado has allowed three runs or

fewer in eight of nine starts.