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Considering the Phillies pitching staff gave up 32 runs in three games in Arizona, the team should be thrilled that they were able to avoid the sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering four earned runs in five innings while giving up a season high nine hits, but got enough offensive support to earn his third win in five starts.
Arizona got on the board first with a pair of runs in a 1st inning that ended with a sliding grab by Phillies LF Cody Asche that prevented further damage.
The Phillies offense bounced back quickly however, tying the game in the third on Andres Blanco’s third home run of the season.
The Diamondbacks retook the lead in the fifth, and Nola was again the benefactor of some good defense, as the inning ended after Arizona 2B Aaron Hill was thrown out at second base while trying to extend his single to a double.
Facing their second deficit of the game, the Phillies offense battled back once again. Freddy Galvis drove in Ryan Howard with an RBI single in the 6th inning that tied the game at four, and Cameron Rupp added a three-run homer later in the inning to give the Phillies a 7-4 lead.
Arizona didn’t go quietly however, cutting the deficit back to one in the eighth inning before Pete Mackanin brought in closer Ken Giles for a four-out save. Giles recorded a clutch strikeout to end the eighth with the tying run on third base, and ended the game in the ninth with his second strikeout of the afternoon. Giles now sports an impressive 1.75 ERA on the season and is a perfect 7-7 in save opportunities since the Papelbon trade.
The Phillies improved to 4-2 on their current road trip and are 17-7 since the All-Star break. After Miami’s 14-6 win against the Red Sox, our Phillies remain half a game behind Miami for fourth place in the division.
After an off day on Thursday, the Phillies will conclude the road trip with three games in Milwaukee this weekend. Adam Morgan (3-3, 4.06 ERA) will take the hill for game one of the series on Friday night. He’ll be opposed by Brewers starter Wily Peralta (2-7, 4.48 ERA). First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. EST.