After earning their first-ever win against the Devil Rays, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to build on the momentum of another game-winning home run from Young as the teams play the decisive game of their series Wednesday.
Arizona (41-31) finally solved Tampa Bay (31-38) Tuesday night, rallying from a six-run deficit to win 10-8 in 10 innings for its first victory in eight games against its 1998 expansion partners.
While the Diamondbacks have enjoyed overall success in their brief history - winning the 2001 World Series - the Devil Rays have finished last in the AL East every year but one and have never completed a season with a winning record.
Arizona, though, needed a dramatic comeback to finally beat Tampa Bay, with Young hitting a game-ending, two-run homer.
It was Young’s second walk-off homer in two weeks. He also hit a 10th-inning home run to beat San Francisco 4-3 on June 5.
“You can never get used to it, honestly” Young said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen too often, but it feels great when it does.”
Devil Rays right-hander Al Reyes blew his first save in 17 chances, giving up a game-tying, two-run shot in the ninth to pinch-hitter Tony Clark. The comeback marked the fourth time in franchise history Arizona came back from six runs down to win, and the second time this season.
The Diamondbacks had won three straight games overall before losing to the Devil Rays 10-2 on Monday night in the series opener. Micah Owings (4-1, 3.84 ERA) will now take the mound looking to give Arizona a series win.
The rookie right-hander did not receive a decision Friday night, when he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings as Arizona beat Baltimore 7-3.
Owings, though, is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last four starts.
Tampa Bay, which had won two straight entering Tuesday’s game, will counter with James Shields (6-1, 3.30 ERA). The right-hander leads the team in wins and ERA by a starter, but suffered his first loss of the season Friday night against Colorado, giving up five runs and six hits in six innings as the Devil Rays fell 12-2.
Shields defeated Arizona almost exactly one year ago, on June 21, 2006, at Tropicana Field. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings as Tampa Bay won 3-2.
The Devil Rays are hitting well these days, with 25 runs scored in the last three games.
Ty Wigginton hit his 12th homer of the season Tuesday, a two-run shot which extended his hitting streak to a career-long 13 games. Wigginton is batting .453 (24-for-53) with two home runs and seven doubles during the run.
Tampa Bay, though, lost for the third time this month when building a lead of four runs or more.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, whose club also leads the majors in come-from-behind wins with 21. “Another huge lead goes away, and that’s hard.”