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PHILADELPHIA -- As soon as the words left his mouth, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo made sure to clarify exactly what he meant.

Lovullo was attempting to explain how the D-backs have been able to bounce back from losses like Wednesday night's 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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PHILADELPHIA -- As soon as the words left his mouth, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo made sure to clarify exactly what he meant.

Lovullo was attempting to explain how the D-backs have been able to bounce back from losses like Wednesday night's 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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A full 23 games into the season, the D-backs have yet to drop a series, or even lose two games in a row.

"I think that we digest things properly," Lovullo said. "We accept wins and we accept losing."

It was that last point that he was quick to expound on.

"That's a funny thing to say, but in accepting, you understand why it happens, and you move off it as quickly as possible and you don't dwell on it," Lovullo said. "I feel like there's a rhythm to our day -- especially at night -- when we turn the page whether we win or lose, and get ready for tomorrow."

The D-backs don't have a lot of time to flush this loss from their system with a day game on Thursday that will air exclusively on Facebook Live. A win would give them eight straight series wins to open a season. The last team to do that was the 2001 Mariners, who won 116 games. The last National League team to accomplish it was the 1977 Dodgers, who lost to the Yankees in the World Series.

"It's a quick turnaround. It's a day game, [so] there's a little bit of momentum that the Phillies have from the win tonight," Lovullo said. "But I know our team is very resilient and we're tough. That's another characteristic that we walk around with that will make us prepare for tomorrow."

The D-backs weren't that far away from getting a win on Wednesday with Zack Greinke battling Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta.

Greinke (2-2) held a 3-2 lead until things unraveled for him in the sixth.

Carlos Santana led off the inning with a double off the second of back-to-back sliders.

"Just not perfect to start the inning," Greinke said. "Maybe back-to-back sliders was not the best idea."

Then, Odubel Herrera drew a walk.

"Good at-bat by Odubel," Greinke said. "I threw a lot of pitches where I wanted, but the 3-2 pitch I kind of messed up. Besides that, he did a good job getting to 3-2."

After striking out Rhys Hoskins, Greinke hung a 2-1 slider to Aaron Altherr, who hit it into the bushes beyond the wall in center.

Video: ARI@PHI: Altherr cranks a go-ahead three-run home run

The slider Altherr hit for a homer was, once again, the second of two sliders, and Altherr was ready for it.

"I was looking for something out, over [the plate]," he said. "Offspeed out over the plate. I was able to put a good swing on it and happened to barrel it up. Just trying to stick with the plan there."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Golden opportunity: The D-backs had the two hitters they wanted up in the eighth inning, but didn't get the results they hoped for. With one out and one on, No. 3 hitter Paul Goldschmidt stepped to the plate as the potential tying run. The Phillies countered by bringing in Luis Garcia, and he got Goldschmidt to strike out, before getting cleanup hitter A.J. Pollock to fly to center to end the threat.

"We had some really, really good moments of building innings and unfortunately we couldn't execute," Lovullo said.

Gotta get 'em in: The D-backs also had an opportunity to get to Arrieta in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no one out. After Chris Owings drew a bases-loaded walk, Jarrod Dyson bunted into a fielder's choice at home and Jeff Mathis grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Video: ARI@PHI: Goldschmidt comes into score on Owings' walk

"Unfortunately, it didn't go the way we wanted it to," Lovullo said. "You anticipate blowing it open and scoring six or seven runs -- that's always my mindset -- and when you come away a little more empty-handed than you expect, it's a little bit of a frustrating moment."

Video: ARI@PHI: Franco turns bases-loaded DP to end the 4th

HE SAID IT
"I just wasn't very good the whole game. They got a lot of hits on the offspeed, which wasn't normal for me. I just didn't feel super sharp with the offspeed. I had some good results on it, but whenever I did come into the zone, they did pretty good on it." -- Greinke

Video: ARI@PHI: Greinke sends down Altherr swinging

UP NEXT
The D-backs look to win their eighth straight series to open the season on Thursday afternoon at 10:05 a.m. MST against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, exclusively on Facebook Live. Matt Koch will start for the D-backs. The right-hander took the place of the injured Taijuan Walker in the rotation, and allowed just one run over six innings in his first start of the year last Friday against the Padres at Chase Field. Philadelphia will send Ben Lively to the hill.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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