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Lively relishes first big league home run

Righty is first Phillies rookie pitcher to go deep since '95
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PHOENIX -- The Phillies celebrated wildly as Ben Lively circled the bases in the fourth inning Saturday night at Chase Field.

It would be their only highlight of the night.

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PHOENIX -- The Phillies celebrated wildly as Ben Lively circled the bases in the fourth inning Saturday night at Chase Field.

It would be their only highlight of the night.

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Lively crushed a two-run home run to right-center field against D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray in a 9-2 loss. It was the first homer of Lively's career, and he became the first Phillies pitcher to homer in a game since Chad Billingsley on May 10, 2015, and the first Phillies rookie pitcher to homer in a game since Tyler Green on Aug. 23, 1995.

"I was pretty pumped up about that," Lively said. "Then I kind of stayed a little too pumped up."

After Lively's homer handed the Phillies a 2-1 lead -- it was the first time the Phillies scored their only runs on a pitcher's homer since Cliff Lee went deep on July 9, 2011 -- he allowed a game-tying run in the bottom of the fourth, a run to lose the lead in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth.

Lively allowed seven hits, five runs (four earned) and one home run in 5 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out none.

"I was getting squeezed on some pitches down in the zone and it got me a little bit more … I wouldn't say really frustrated, but just going, going, going," he said. "I kind of let the speed of the game catch up to me and I usually don't let that happen and I made some bad pitches."

Video: PHI@ARI: Lively on rough start, hitting a homer

Lively (1-2, 3.90 ERA) had posted four quality starts in the first four starts of his career before the D-backs got to him Saturday.

"I just kind of let it get away from me tonight," Lively said.

Lively struck out swinging in his first at-bat against Ray before hitting the short-lived go-ahead homer.

"He blew fastballs right by me," Lively said. "I was like, 'Dang, that's pretty firm.' Then the next at-bat they gave me the go-ahead on the first pitch and it was right there."

Video: PHI@ARI: Milner induces Goldschmidt into groundout

Rookie left-hander Hoby Milner made his big league debut. He allowed two hits, one run and one walk in one inning. He hit a batter and struck out one.

"He didn't look nervous, but I'm sure he'd like to take that back," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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