Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5

Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5
April 26, 2014, 11:15 pm
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Jonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz celebrate after Papelbon saved his seventh game of the season Saturday. (USA Today Images)


PHOENIX --  The Phillies rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5, before 35,462 at Chase Field on Saturday.

Down 5-0 in the seventh, the Phils tagged D'backs starter Bronson Arroyo for two runs and forged into the lead with a four spot in the eighth.

Batting around that inning, the key hit came on a pinch-hit, two-run double from Cody Asche to tie the game, 5-5. Ben Revere delivered the tie-breaking single to score Carlos Ruiz.

Starting pitching report
The Diamondbacks roughed up Cliff Lee for five runs in the first three innings.

In that stretch, Lee surrendered eight hits, but two of the five runs were unearned. Through three innings, Lee threw 63 pitches.

For the game, Lee lasted six innings, allowed eight hits, five runs, walked an uncharacteristic two hitters and fanned two batters.

The rough outing Saturday was a marked contrast to Lee’s previous start. Against the Dodgers on Monday, he allowed only four hits through eight innings to earn the win.

Bullpen report
After Lee settled down and kept the Diamondbacks scoreless over the final three innings he worked, the bullpen kept Arizona at arm’s length.

The combination of Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon held Arizona scoreless over the last three innings.

Papelbon pitched his ninth straight scoreless appearance to record his seventh save.

At the plate
For the second night in a row, the Phillies' bats came alive late.

Down 5-0 in the seventh, the Phils managed two against starter Bronson Arroyo and then got four off reliever Trevor Cahill to take the lead.

Asche, who entered the game hitting. 200, delivered the game-tying double. Asche was available off the bench because Freddy Galvis, who entered the game 1 for 25, started in his place at third base. Galvis went 0 for 5 and is now hitting .033 on the season.

In the seventh, Tony Gywnn, Jr. laced a two-bagger down the left line to score Ruiz, who opened the frame with a single.

In the four-run eighth inning, the Phillies batted around and picked up four hits and two walks. Ryan Howard reached base when third baseman Martin Prado dropped his pop-up to start the rally.

Ruiz had three hits and is now batting .296.

In the field
The Diamondbacks picked up two runs in the first -- but both were unearned because of a Jimmy Rollins error.

A. J. Pollock led off the game with a single but should have been picked off by Cliff Lee. Howard’s throw to second was dropped by Rollins and Pollock eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt.

Up next
The Phillies conclude their 10-game road trip Sunday afternoon in the desert.

In the finale, the Phils send right-hander A. J. Burnett (0-1, 2.73) against Brandon McCarthy (0-4, 6.23) for the D'Backs.

The Phillies then return to Citizens Bank Park for a seven-game homestand against the Mets, Nationals and Blue Jays.

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