The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2, Sunday afternoon to win their first home series in over a month.
The Phils took two of three from Arizona. The Phils hadn’t won a home series since June 10-12 over San Diego. They had gone 0-4-1 leading up to the series win over the Diamondbacks.
The Phillies (46-59) got a nice start from Roberto Hernandez and a two-run homer by Ryan Howard. They also benefitted from Arizona’s shoddy defense.
The Phillies were outhit 6-4.
Starting pitching report
Hernandez (5-8) had a terrific start. He allowed just four hits and two runs over seven innings. He walked none and struck out one.
Arizona starter Vidal Nuno (0-2) pitched well in front of poor defense. He gave up four runs, but two of them came after Diamondbacks’ fielders dropped two balls that led to two-out runs.
Ken Giles pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon registered his 25th save.
At the plate
Ryan Howard got the start against the left-handed pitcher. He smacked a two-run home run in this first at-bat, his first homer at home since June 1, and scored the go-ahead run on a controversial play in the bottom of the sixth.
Howard was on first base with two outs and the game tied at 2-2. Marlon Byrd skied a ball to shallow center. Second baseman Didi Gregorius dropped the ball. And threw to the plate ahead of Howard, who assumed the ball would be caught and jogged between second and third.
Howard was initially called out, but the umpires reviewed the call and reversed it, saying catcher Miguel Montero did not give Howard a clear path to home plate, even though he was out by about 15 feet.
The Phillies scored their fourth run with two outs in the seventh when Arizona leftfielder David Peralta dropped Ben Revere’s line drive, allowing Wil Nieves to score from first. Nieves would have been out if Montero had held on to the ball. Revere’s liner was first ruled a two-base error. It was later changed to a two-base hit and the catcher was charged with the error.
Either way, the ball was very catchable and the Phils profited from shaky defense.
In the field
Howard made a nice diving play at first base in the second inning.
The Phillies open a three-game series against the Mets in New York Monday night. Pitching matchups:
Monday night – RH A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86) vs. RH Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03)
Tuesday night – LH Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) vs. RH Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49)
Wednesday afternoon – RH Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87) vs. RH Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64)