ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Hernandez came within one out of a complete-game shutout, and Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs each as the Tampa Bay Rays opened a five-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
The Rays won for the 21st time in 25 games this month and maintained their half-game lead over Boston in the AL East.
Hernandez (6-11) opened the game by hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch and giving up a single to Aaron Hill. He then retired 22 of the next 25 batters before Parra singled leading off the ninth. Eric Chavez ended Hernandez’s shutout bid with a two-out home run.
Ian Kennedy (3-8) gave up six hits and three runs while striking out seven in five innings for Arizona.