Phillies outslug D-backs in see-saw finale
PHOENIX -- Cameron Rupp hit a three-run home run to power a four-run rally in the sixth inning and help the Phillies earn a 7-6 win over the D-backs on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.
Rupp drove in a career-high four runs to back starter Aaron Nola, who won for the third time in four starts. Phillies left fielder Cody Asche hit a pair of doubles and shortstop Freddy Galvis knocked a pair of singles and drove in a run.
"I can't remember what happened in that whole game," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin joked about the back-and-forth contest filled with big plays from both teams.
D-backs starter Chase Anderson suffered his third loss in four starts, but his first since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. The right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings. Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and two RBIs before striking out with the tying run at third base in the eighth as the D-backs were unable to get over .500 for the first time since April 22.
"He just didn't have very good stuff today," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Anderson. "One of the things we really like about our starting pitching is when we score runs, they go back out and shut the door, and that just didn't happen today. That's something he's going to have to work on."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Giles saves it: Things started to get a little crazy in the eighth inning, but Phillies closer Ken Giles struck out Goldschmidt on a 3-2 slider to end the inning. Giles then pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save in seven opportunities since the Phillies traded Jonathan Papelbon to Washington late last month.
"I mean, just the intimidation, I'm not scared of anybody at all," GIles said. "I'm trying to make them feel intimidated by me that I'm on the mound. They have to go through me before they have to win this game." More >
Offense carries over: After scoring 26 runs in the first two games of the series, the D-backs quickly struck for a pair of runs in the first. They opened with three consecutive singles, the last hit by Goldschmidt and scoring a run. Jake Lamb then gave the D-backs a 2-0 lead with an RBI groundout.
Nola keeps it close: After Aaron Harang allowed eight runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday and David Buchanan allowed 11 runs in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday, the Phillies needed a better effort from Nola in the series finale. He did not pitch his best, but he kept the Phillies in the game. He allowed nine hits, four runs, one walk and struck out two in five innings.
"They can really swing it," Nola said. "The whole stadium knew they were going to come out swinging. They have a lot of guys in that lineup that have done a lot of damage. They got to me in the first inning. I just had to let that go and keep the guys in the game. The offense got us a win."
Hernandez exits early: D-backs reliever David Hernandez exited the game in the sixth inning with a left ankle contusion after he was hit with a line drive by Andres Blanco. Hernandez immediately fell to the ground, laying there for a few moments before returning to his feet. The right-hander threw several pitches off the mound but still exited the game, walking off under his own power.
"No break, it's just a bruise, he was moving around on it real good in the training room," Hale said. "Hopefully with a day off, he'll be OK on Friday. If we have to give him a day or two, that's OK. Looks good."
"I saw the barrel, man. The barrel was straight at me. That's why I thought it. That ball was up, but the next pitch was even better. I was like, 'Well, he didn't swing at that one, so try to hit this one this time.' That's what I did."
-- Giles, who celebrated the end of the game prematurely, thinking he struck out Jamie Romak on a check swing that was called a ball
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The D-backs have not swept the Phillies since May 28-30, 2007.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Hale used a challenge in the bottom of the fifth inning after A.J. Pollock was called out at first base on a ground ball hit to Blanco at third base. After a review of three minutes and 35 seconds, the call was ruled to stand for the first out of the inning. Ender Inciarte moved from first to second on the play.
The Phillies challenged a play in the same inning after Aaron Hill was ruled safe at second while advancing on a throw following his single. The replay official ruled Hill was out after review, overturning the original call.
There was then a crew-chief review in the bottom of the eighth. With runners on second and third, Pollock hit a grounder to Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who rifled a throw home to Rupp to cut down Chris Owings with the potential tying run at the plate. The call was ruled to stand after a review of four minutes and seven seconds for the second out of the inning.
Phillies: The Phillies do not play Thursday, but they resume action Friday night against the Brewers at Miller Park. Adam Morgan will take the ball in the opener, with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.
D-backs: After an off-day on Thursday, the D-backs open a 10-game road trip with a series against the Braves on Friday at 4:35 p.m. MST. Robbie Ray takes the mound for the D-backs looking to snap a five-start winless streak. The left-hander is making his first career start against Atlanta.
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