ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Roberto Hernandez allowed two runs in a complete-game effort Tuesday, staking the first-place Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 interleague win over Arizona.
Hernandez (6-11) stymied the Diamondbacks on five hits, issuing just one walk while striking out six in posting his second victory over three starts.
Yunel Escobar smacked a solo homer in the fourth for a 3-0 Rays lead and later added a sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay won for the 26th time in 32 games and maintained a 1/2-game lead over Boston in the American League East.
Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the victory.
Arizona's Ian Kennedy (3-8) absorbed the loss, yielding three runs on six hits over five full frames.