May 8, 2019 / 10:12 PM / 19 days ago

Flores' RBI single lifts Diamondbacks over Rays in 13

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May 8, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones (10) hits a fielders choice RBI during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Wilmer Flores hit a two-out RBI single in the 13th inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided being swept for the first time this season with a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Arizona starter Robbie Ray threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out 11 and walking three. Archie Bradley (2-3) threw three shutout innings of relief before Zack Godley pitched the 13th for his first career save.

David Peralta had three hits, Nick Ahmed and Flores contributed two hits each and Jarrod Dyson scored two runs for Arizona, which had lost the first two of the three-game series.

Rays starter Charlie Morton went five innings, allowing two runs and seven hits, striking out eight and walking four. Adam Kolarek (2-1) and four other relievers blanked the Diamondbacks for the next seven innings before they scored in the 13th.

Tommy Pham had two hits and three walks for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and struck out 23 times, a franchise record for Arizona pitchers.

The Rays were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position when pinch-hitter Kevin Kiermaier singled with two outs in the ninth off closer Greg Holland to drive in Yandy Diaz and tie the score at 2.

The Rays scored a run on a throwing error in the eighth to cut the deficit to 2-1 and still had the bases loaded with no outs but couldn’t manage another run.

Morton walked Dyson to start the game, and Peralta singled to right to put runners on the corners with one out. Dyson then came home on a fielder’s choice groundout by Adam Jones for a 1-0 lead.

Morton started the third inning the same way he started the first, walking Dyson and surrendering a one-out single to Peralta. With two outs, Ketel Marte singled to shallow center, driving in Dyson for a 2-0 lead.

The Rays went 0-for-5 with a runner in scoring position through the first two innings, all strikeouts.

Andrew Chafin relieved Ray with two on and two out in the sixth and struck out Brandon Lowe to end the inning.

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