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Aaron Harang took the hill Monday night for the Phillies (45-67) as they started a three game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks (54-56). Harang was making just his third start after coming off of a month long DL stint at the end of July.
The Phillies have been red hot since the all-star break going 15-6 heading into this series, including a three game sweep of the Padres to start the 9-game road trip.
The Phillies took the early 1-0 lead off the bat of Chase Utley, recording a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Carlos Ruiz who led off the third inning with a triple. Utley got the start at first base for just the second time this season, but is no stranger to the position having started 23 other games there prior to Monday night.
Also of note in the third inning, Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera collected a two out single off of Diamondbacks starter Rubby de la Rosa. The hit extended Herrera’s hitting streak to 13 games, the longest of his career. Over the hitting streak Herrera has collected 21 hits including two doubles, one triple and two home runs.
The Diamondbacks evened the score in the bottom half of the third with an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, his 80th RBI on the season, scoring third baseman Jake Lamb.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Diamondbacks took their first lead of the game with a solo home run off the bat of right fielder Yasmany Tomas, his seventh on the season.
The lead however, wouldn’t hold for long as the Phillies tied the score in the top half of the fifth. After a two out single from Utley, second baseman Cesar Hernandez lined a double to deep left-center field, collecting his 27th RBI on the season.
The back and forth continued in the bottom half of the fifth as Paul Goldschmidt struck again with a sacrifice fly to deep center field. Goldschmidt’s 81st RBI on the season tied Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado for best in the National League. An RBI double off the bat then of left fielder David Peralta and home run off the bat of catcher Welington Castillo would add an insurance runs, giving the Diamondbacks the 5-2 lead heading into the sixth inning. The home run was Castillo’s 13th on the season, one away from matching his career high.
Maikel Franco added a solo home run in the top half of the sixth inning, but then the flood gates opened for the Diamondbacks. They scored two more off of Harang, two off of Adam Loewen and three off of Justin DeFratus before calling it a day.
The final score: Arizona 13, Philadelphia 2.
Starter Aaron Harang’s final line was a rough one. In 5.1 innings he allowed 8 earned runs on 12 hits. He surrendered 1 walk while striking out just 4.
The loss drops the Phillies to 45-68 on the year. It is the first series that they opened with a loss since losing to the Giants back on Friday, July 10.