While the Tampa Bay Rays are in the mix for both the AL East and wild-card leads, the Arizona Diamondbacks must string together some victories in order to remain a serious NL playoff contender.
Looking to win consecutive games for the first time in almost two weeks, the Diamondbacks try to sweep the two-game interleague set from the visiting Rays on Wednesday night.
Cody Ross hit a three-run homer and Wade Miley threw seven strong innings as Arizona (57-55) avoided a third straight defeat with a 6-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.
The Diamondbacks have just won three times -- twice versus Tampa Bay -- in the last nine games. They trail the NL West-leading Dodgers by five games and are 4 12 out of the final wild-card spot. Arizona last won consecutive games July 25-26.
"We just have to put runs on the board more," said third baseman Eric Chavez, who is 5 for 11 with seven RBIs in three games against Tampa Bay this season.
The Rays (66-46) lost for the ninth time in 37 games. T...