Aaron Nola could not hold a two-run lead in the seventh inning and the Phillies lost, 5-4, to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Phillies to a majors-worst 22-44.
A year after going 69-93, Arizona is 42-26.
Maikel Franco smacked a two-run double in bottom of the sixth to give the Phils a 4-2 lead. It did not last long as Nola faced three batters in the seventh and did not get an out.
Starting pitching report
Nola allowed nine hits and five runs over six-plus innings. He gave up three straight hits, including a two-run homer, in losing a two-run lead in the seventh.
Nola fell to 3-5. He has 4.76 ERA in nine starts.
Arizona lefty Patrick Corbin gave up five hits and four runs (two were unearned) over six innings of work. He walked none and struck out five. Three of the five hits he gave up were for extra bases and all figured in the Phillies' scoring.
Arizona relievers Andrew Chafin and Archie Bradley both registered big strikeouts with men on base in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the D-backs' lead. Bradley pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He has allowed just four runs in 31 innings this season.
Fernando Rodney closed out the Phils for his 19th save.
At the plate
Cameron Rupp tied the game at 2-2 with a solo homer to right in the fifth inning. It was his first extra-base hit since May 19, a span of 47 at-bats. Rupp had just five singles over that span.
Franco stroked a two-run double to left field with two outs in the sixth, giving the Phillies a brief 4-2 lead. Corbin got ahead of Franco 0-2 on two straight sliders. He went to the pitch for a third straight time and Franco made him pay.
Arizona rallied from a 4-2 deficit and took a 5-4 lead when it scored three runs against Nola in the top of the seventh. Gregor Blanco tied the game with a two-run homer and Jake Lamb gave the D-backs the lead with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Arizona out-hit the Phillies, 12-5.
The Phils were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Pitcher Vince Velasquez, on the disabled list with an elbow strain, is playing catch at 90 feet. He is tentatively slated to throw in the bullpen on Thursday. He is not expected to see action in the majors until around the All-Star break, maybe even after.
The Phillies and D-backs play at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Jerad Eickhoff (0-7, 5.09) pitches against Arizona right-hander Zack Godley (2-1, 2.44).