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Corey Dickerson leads Rays to a victory over Arizona Diamondbacks

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Tampa Bay outfielder Corey Dickerson may be the next Rays’ hitter to break out of a slow start.

Dickerson hit two home runs and had three hits Wednesday to lead the Rays to a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dickerson entered the game hitting .189, but turned the game into a personal highlight reel. Desmond Jennings also had a home run for Tampa Bay.

Closer Alex Colome had his 17th straight save for the Rays, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth with a strikeout and double-play.

“That just kind of shows the pitcher he’s grown into,” said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. “I don’t know if he’s capable of doing that last year.”

Pitcher Jake Odorizzi got the win to even his record at 3-3. He went five innings and allowed three earned runs.

The Rays return home on Friday night to face Houston.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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