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Fans react to Diamondbacks’ 8-4 victory over Rays

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The Arizona Diamondbacks (now 48-32, 1st in NL West) started off their big home series with a huge 8-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the team with the best record in the MLB (now 54-28).

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Fans were pumped to see the offense clicking and filled Chase Field tonight.

The key moments of the game and how fans reacted to them:

Carroll and Walker go back-to-back in first inning

After Zac Gallen retired three straight Rays’ hitters to start the game on only eight pitches, Geraldo Perdomo singled to start off the bottom of the inning for the D-backs. Then, Ketel Marte walked to extend his on-base streak to 20 games, the longest active streak in the MLB and second time this season he’s eclipsed the 20-game mark.

After going hitless in his last two games, Corbin Carroll stepped up to the plate and brought both of them home with a home run to dead center.

Fans loved to see Carroll get back on track.

The D-backs Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces, loved it as well.

Right after Carroll’s deep shot, Christian Walker extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a blast of his own.

The D-backs led 5-0 at the end of the first after a Gabriel Moreno sac-fly gave them their last run of the inning.

Gallen’s rough second inning

Zac Gallen entered the game almost un-hittable at home.

However, after a masterful first inning, he let up four runs on some bad pitches to the Rays in the second inning to let them right back into the game.

Fans weren’t happy to see an uncharacteristic display of pitching by the Diamondbacks’ ace.

The D-backs still led 5-4 after the second inning.

Longo solo shot in third inning

In his second straight series playing a former team of his, Evan Longoria hit a solo shot in the third inning to extend the D-backs lead to 6-4.

The deep bomb made him the 70th player in MLB history to homer against all active 30 MLB teams.

Rays’ fans were sad to see their former star go deep against them.

Ketel Marte hits homer in third straight game

Ketel Marte stayed on his All-Star pace, hitting another home run in the fourth inning.

He entered the game hitting 10-of-27 (.370) with five home runs, 12 RBIs and 10 runs in his last seven games. He also had an outstanding OBP of .485 and SLG of .963 in that stretch. Fans are ecstatic with the way Marte has been playing lately.

D-backs’ pitchers surrender no more runs

After Gallen’s rough second inning, the D-backs were able to shut down arguably the best offense in baseball, allowing no more runs.

Gallen went six innings, allowing five hits, four runs, two walks and had four strikeouts.

The bullpen then closed it out for Gallen, allowing just one hit the rest of the game.

The D-backs will take on the Rays again tomorrow at 6:40. Zach Davies (1-4, 7.82 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks, while Zach Eflin (9-3, 3.35 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Rays.

Home Run Barrage Propels Diamondbacks to Victory against the Rays

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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