National League Game Summary - Arizona at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, July 27)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Arizona 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run and
Roberto Hernandez pitched seven strong innings as the Philadelphia Phillies
beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game
Howard broke a 2-2 tie by scoring on a controversial play in the sixth. Marlon
Byrd hit a high pop-up into shallow right field that would've ended the
inning, but second baseman Didi Gregorius dropped the ball. The throw home
beat Howard, but a review ruled that catcher Miguel Montero blocked the plate
and the Phillies were awarded the run.
"This year, that's a run," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "In the last
100 years, that's not."
Ben Revere had an RBI double for the Phillies, who won their first home
series since sweeping the San Diego Padres in a three-game set in June.
Hernandez (5-8) only allowed two runs on four hits while not surrendering a
Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed each had one RBI for the Diamondbacks, who
haven't won a series against the Phillies since April of 2011.
Vidal Nuno (0-2), who was looking for his first win since being traded to
Arizona from the Yankees on July 6, allowed four runs -- three earned -- and
four hits while striking out five.
Howard wasted no time putting the Phillies on the board. With two away in
the first, Chase Utley walked and Howard smacked one into the seats in left
center to give the Phillies an early two-run lead.
"He got us, but nevertheless, it's the first inning," Diamondbacks manager
Kirk Gibson said. "You've got a chance to make that up and we didn't do it."
The Diamondbacks cut the lead in half in the second as Ahmed doubled down the
line in right to score Gerardo Parra.
After three scoreless innings, Arizona tied the game in the sixth. Ender
Inciarte led off with a double and a ground out by David Peralta moved him
over to third. Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right
field, plating Inciarte.
Philadelphia took the lead back a half inning later. After Howard reached
first on a walk, Byrd's pop-up, Gregorius's error and the overturned out at
home call allowed Howard to score.
The Phillies stretched the lead to 4-2 in the seventh. After a single by Wil
Nieves, Revere hit a two-out fly ball that tipped off the glove of Peralta in
left. Montero couldn't handle the throw to the plate and Nieves scored.
Jonathan Papelbon induced a double play with two men on base in the ninth to
end the game and secure his 25th save of the season.
The Phillies are 16-5 in their last 21 home games against the Diamondbacks ...
Prior to the game, Howard hadn't homered since June 1 ... Phillies reliever
Ken Giles pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Fifteen of his 17 major league
appearances have been scoreless and he owns an ERA of 0.98 in his first season
in the MLB ... Gibson needs two wins to tie Bob Melvin for the most wins in
club history ... Diamondbacks first base coach Dave McKay missed the game to
attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He was replaced by Henry Blanco.
07/27 18:57:26 ET