Phillies upend D-backs for 3rd straight win
PHILADELPHIA -- It took more than five weeks, but the Phillies finally have their first three-game winning streak of 2015. They scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead Friday night in a 4-3 victory over the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies were the last team in the National League to have a three-game winning streak, with their last coming on a four-game streak in late August.
"I didn't realize that," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said about the nearly nine months between streaks. "It's good. It's something we can build on. Go for four tomorrow."
The D-backs took a two-run lead in the seventh only to have the bullpen blow it in the bottom half of the inning. The Phillies' Freddy Galvis singled to score two runs to tie the game. He advanced to third on an error and scored the winning run on a single from Jeff Francoeur.
"I made a mistake," D-backs reliever Oliver Perez said about his 1-2 slider to Galvis. "I was supposed to keep throwing fastballs because I know he's a contact guy and he was waiting for something soft, and I left it right there. Hits are part of the game, but when I don't [back up] home plate, he gets to third base. ... That's how they won with that run."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Two-out hits: The D-backs put the first two runners of the seventh on, but it looked like they would come up empty when Justin De Fratus retired the next two batters. However, A.J. Pollock delivered an RBI single to right and Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run double to center to give Arizona a 3-1 lead.
Freddy, Frenchy are clutch: A wild pitch from Perez in the seventh inning put runners on second and third with one out. After a Ben Revere strikeout, Galvis followed with a single to left-center field to score both Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez. Galvis advanced to second on the throw home and to third on an error, which set up Francoeur. He singled down the left-field line to score Galvis to give the Phillies the one-run lead. More >
Bullpen falters again: For the second game in a row, the D-backs' bullpen could not hold onto a lead. On Wednesday, it was closer Addison Reed who gave up a ninth-inning grand slam. On Friday, it was Daniel Hudson, Perez and Enrique Burgos who struggled during the Phillies' three-run seventh. More >
Garcia picks up six-out save: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable to pitch after throwing three consecutive days, so right-hander Luis Garcia had to pick up the team's first save of two or more innings since Sept. 29, 2009, when Ryan Madson pitched two innings in a save against the Astros. More >
"I've been out for two years. I'm not where I want to be. I've got plenty of room to improve and get better." -- Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley, who allowed two runs in six-plus innings in just his third start since returning from a pair of right elbow surgeries
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The Phillies' bullpen had been billed as the team's strength entering the season, but it has allowed 51.4 percent (18 of 35) of its inherited runners to score, which is the highest mark in baseball. De Fratus allowed both of his inherited runners to score in the seventh inning when the D-backs took a 3-1 lead.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Phillies challenged a play in the sixth inning when Galvis was hit by a pitch from D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson. Plate umpire Todd Tichenor ruled the ball did not hit Galvis, but replay officials saw it struck Galvis' right leg. They overturned the call, and Galvis took first base. It ended up being a pivotal call because Galvis scored the game's first run on Ryan Howard's RBI double.
D-backs: Right-hander Archie Bradley takes the mound Saturday (7:05 p.m. ET/4:05 MST) for the first time since he was struck in the face by a line drive on April 28. Bradley, who suffered a sinus fracture, will be activated from the disabled list prior to the game. More >
Phillies: Right-hander Jerome Williams hopes to get back on track Saturday night. He is 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA in three starts this month, after going 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts in April.
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