Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Diamondbacks 0

Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Diamondbacks 0

April 27, 2014, 6:45 pm

Jonathan Papelbon pumps his fist after closing out the Phillies' 2-0 victory on Sunday over the Diamondbacks. (AP)

BOX SCORE

PHOENIX -- A.J. Burnett limited Arizona to five hits in eight innings of work and led the Phillies to a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks before 30,022 at Chase Field on Sunday.

Burnett pounded the zone with first-pitch strikes and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts.

Throughout the game, Burnett stayed ahead of hitters and allowed a leadoff base runner only once. That was in the third when A. J. Pollock singled to start the frame.

The Phillies scored single runs in the first and sixth and finished with eight hits on the afternoon.

Starting pitching report
Burnett turned in his fourth quality start in six outings and has allowed just two earned runs in his last 24 innings.

He walked none and finished with 102 pitches thrown, 62 for strikes.

Bullpen report
Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth and allowed a one-out single to Miguel Montero. Papelbon then retired Aaron Hill on a fly to center. Cody Ross grounded to short to end the game.

It was the 10th straight scoreless outing for Papelbon, who recorded his eighth save of the season.

At the plate
For the third straight game in this series, the Diamondbacks' starting pitching gave the Phillies little to hit.

Starter Brandon McCarthy was strong, but the Phils scored enough to gain the win.

In the first inning, Ben Revere started the game with a single to left, stole second and scored on a Chase Utley single, the second baseman's 14th RBI of the season.

Utley led off the sixth with a double and scored on an infield single from Marlon Byrd and throwing error from D'backs’ shortstop Chris Owings.

Utley and Ryan Howard had the only extra-base hits with a double each and Utley finished with a 2-for-4 afternoon. Utley turned in the only multi-hit game for the Phillies Sunday.

In the field
With an errorless game, the Phillies continued their strong defensive play.

They turned a double play in the third inning after the first two hitters reached on singles. McCarthy bunted into a force play at third before Gerardo Parra hit into an Utley-Jimmy Rollins-Howard double play.

That was the 1,090 double play pulled by the Utley-Rollins combination, the most of any active combo in the majors.

Up next
The Phillies return to Citizen Bank Park for a seven-game homestand.

First up are the New York Mets before the Nationals and Blue Jays follow.

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the Phils' two-game set with the Mets:

Tuesday -- LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45)

Wednesday -- RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50)

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