(Sports Network) - Arizona's Wade Miley tries to beat the Tampa Bay Rays for
the second time in a week on Tuesday when the Diamondbacks open a brief two-
game set against them at Chase Field.
Miley won his second straight start on Wednesday against the Rays, holding
them to a pair of hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 8-8 on the
year to go along with a 3.68 ERA.
"We couldn't shake Miley," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after the game
Wednesday. "Their guy really pitched well. We had a couple of opportunities
like we were talking about against him, and we needed to take advantage of
those to get that momentum coming back to us."
Tampa wasn't the only team having a hard time lately with Miley, who ended the
month of July posting a 1.59 ERA, while winning four of his six starts.
Arizona, though, enters this series struggling a bit, as it has lost six of
its last eight and has fallen six games off the pace set by the red-hot Los
Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Hoping to add to their woes on Tuesday will be Rays right-hander Jeremy
Hellickson, who lost for the first time in seven decisions to Miley and the
D'backs on Wednesday.
Hellickson, who hadn't lost since June 13, gave up four runs and seven hits in
4 1/3 frames of that one and fell to 10-4, while raising his ERA to 4.60.
"I need to get back to commanding my fastball," Hellickson said. "I was
falling behind everybody and my changeup and curveball weren't very good
either. It was a bad outing and it started with command."
After losing two in a row the Rays finished the weekend strong, as they took
the final two games in their three-game set with the San Francisco Giants.
Tampa, which split its two-game set with the Diamondbacks last week, currently
holds one of the two wild card spots in the American League and finds itself
just a half-game back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
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