9:40 PM ET, August 7, 2013
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
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.
"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.
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 win 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 RBIs 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 consecutive 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."
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."
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 straight 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 win of the season in the opener of a three-game series against the Mets on Friday.
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 07: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays is taken out of the game after injuring himself...(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||M Joyce doubled to deep right, B Zobrist scored.||1||0|
|1st||Y Escobar doubled to deep left, E Longoria and W Myers scored.||3||0|
|1st||P Goldschmidt singled to right, A Eaton scored, M Prado to third.||3||1|
|3rd||M Prado homered to left (401 feet), R Delgado scored.||3||3|
|3rd||A Hill doubled to deep left, E Chavez scored.||3||4|
|4th||K Johnson homered to left (390 feet).||4||4|
|5th||E Chavez singled to left, A Eaton scored, M Prado to third.||4||5|
|5th||A Hill doubled to deep left, M Prado scored, E Chavez to third.||4||6|
|5th||W Nieves hit sacrifice fly to left, E Chavez scored.||4||7|
|7th||E Longoria doubled to deep left, J Molina and B Zobrist scored, M Joyce to third.||6||7|
|7th||S Fuld singled to left, M Joyce and E Longoria scored, S Fuld to second advancing on throw.||8||7|
|8th||M Prado singled to right, D Gregorius and G Parra scored, A Eaton to second.||8||9|
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|Stadium||Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ|
|Attendance||18,733 (38.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|
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