St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Wade Miley worked 6 1/3 scoreless
innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks blanked the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-0, in the
finale of a brief two-game interleague set at Tropicana Field.
Miley (8-8) gave up pair of hits, both of which came in the fourth inning, and
five walks while fanning a season-high eight batters to win for the fourth
time in five starts.
Eric Chavez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI and, Paul
Goldschmidt hit a solo homer and scored three times. Cody Ross added three
hits and a pair of RBI for the D-Backs, who had dropped three straight
entering the contest.
Earlier on Wednesday, Arizona acquired left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and
minor league pitcher Matt Stiles in exchange for starter Ian Kennedy.
After winning 15 games a season ago, Kennedy has been largely ineffective this
year, posting a 3-8 mark to go along with a 5.23 ERA. He also has a 1.419
WHIP, the worst of his career for a full season.
Thatcher, meanwhile, has appeared in 50 games for the Padres and is 3-1 with a
2.10 ERA. Left-handed hitters have batted just .215 against him.
The 31-year-old will be expected to bolster an Arizona bullpen that has blown
19 saves this season.
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 for the Rays, who lost for just the fifth time in
their last 28 games.
Jeremy Hellickson (10-4) was tagged for four runs on seven hits and two walks
over 4 1/3 innings to absorb his first loss since June 13.
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