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PHOENIX -- Not much is certain these days.

One thing that is known as Tampa Bay enters the second game of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Tuesday is that Rays closer Alex Colome will not pitch.

Probably won't pitch.

Still wants to pitch.

Colome recorded his fourth save in as many games in a 6-4 victory over Arizona on Monday, throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning while retiring the 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup, all on groundouts. He hit 97 mph with his fastball.

"I want to throw every day," Colome said. "I work on my shoulder every day, working hard. Maybe they'll give me tomorrow off, but if I have to pitch, I can pitch."

Rays manager Kevin Cash had a joking solution.

"Maybe we should fly him out so I can't use him," Cash said. "Four days in a row is difficult, no doubt. We're not trying to start a trend here by any means."

Colome, in his first season as the Rays' primary closer, threw 34, eight and nine pitches in the final three games of the weekend series at Minnesota, saving all three.

"I love his heart," said Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, whose win Colome preserved Monday. "I love that he is willing."

The four-game winning streak for Tampa Bay (26-30) ties a season high. With two homers Monday, the Rays brought their major-league-leading total to 85.

Desmond Jennings and Tom Beckham went deep for the Rays, and Jennings had three hits and a walk while finishing a triple short of the cycle.

Arizona (25-35) has lost three of four and 17 of its past 25 games since getting within one game of .500 at 17-18 on May 10.

Rays left-hander Matt Moore will face Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday. Greinke is 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last four starts. He is 3-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 15 career appearances, 12 starts, against Tampa Bay. Moore will make his first career appearance against Arizona.

Arizona got middle-of-the-order bat David Peralta back into the lineup for the first time in a month on Monday, and it did not take him long to adjust to major league pitching. Peralta singled in his second at-bat and homered in his third before being removed for a pinch hitter against a left-hander in the seventh inning.

The addition of Peralta gives the Diamondbacks an excess of corner outfielders, and manager Chip Hale indicated that Peralta may get some time off against left-handers in the near future.

The Diamondbacks struggled to make contact in the past two games, although it did not hurt them in a 3-2 victory over Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta on Sunday. Arizona struck out a franchise-record 18 times Sunday and 15 more times Monday, when Archer had 12 K's in six innings.

"Some of it is pitching, but we have to make a better adjustment," Hale said. "We know that. It is one of those things that you talk about a lot, then guys start thinking about it too much."