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            === Ross' three-run shot helps Arizona cruise past Tampa ===
 
 Phoenix,  AZ  (Sports Network) -  Cody Ross crushed  a three-run homer and the
 Arizona  Diamondbacks got  the best of Jeremy Hellickson for a second straight
 time, taking a 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a two-game
 set at Chase Field.
 
 The  D'backs  harassed Hellickson (10-5)  when the two  teams met last week at
 Tropicana  Field, and  the team scored five  runs off the righty on Tuesday to
 capture just their third win in nine games.
 
 Wade  Miley  (9-8) opposed Hellickson  in that matchup  and once again got the
 best  of him, tossing seven innings of one-run ball on five hits. He's won his
 last three starts, allowing just two runs in 21 innings of work.
 
 "He's been good, he's won five out of his last six," said D'backs manager Kirk
 Gibson about Miley. "He threw the ball very well, pretty much in command."
 
 Hellickson  lasted only  4 2/3 innings and walked three batters while allowing
 five hits. He's lost two straight decisions after winning six in a row.
 
 Evan  Longoria  produced Tampa's only  run with his  22nd homer of the season,
 which gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
 
 Arizona  quickly drew  even in the home half. Paul Goldschmidt walked to start
 the  inning  and then  came around when  Chavez laced a  double into the right
 field corner. Chavez ended 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
 
 Hellickson  then walked  Aaron Hill before serving up Ross' three-run blast to
 left, which opened up a 4-1 advantage for the Diamondbacks.
 
 "That  really took  the momentum  away from  us," said  Tampa Bay  manager Joe
 Maddon.
 
 Chavez  had  another RBI double in  the fifth, knocking home Goldschmidt again
 after he walked and stole second base.
 
 The  Rays were  unable to capitalize on  an opportunity in the fifth, with Ben
 Zobrist  lining out to second to strand a pair of runners, and never were able
 to make a dent in their deficit.
 
 Martin  Prado  doubled in Adam  Eaton in the seventh  to account for the final
 margin.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Hellickson  had a  four-game road winning streak snapped ... The Rays lost for
 just  the  seventh time in 32  games and fell  to 12-4 in interleague play ...
 Tampa  placed  outfielder Desmond Jennings on  the 15-day disabled list with a
 fracture  finger. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Triple-A Durham
 to fill the roster spot.
 
 
 08/07 02:50:04 ET

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