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Friday, July 25 (All times Eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (44-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (44-58), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16) Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Wade Miley eyes his fourth straight win on Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Miley has been terrific of late for the Diamondbacks, pitching to a 1.74 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 20 2/3 innings in winning his last three starts. His most recent win came on Saturday versus the Chicago Cubs, as he allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings to even his record at 6-6 to go along with a 4.16 ERA.

"He's just throwing the ball really well. It's coming out of his hand good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The other thing, I think, in his head, he's managing things a little better, as well. Really efficient with what's going on out there."

Miley is 1-0 in two starts versus the Phillies with a 2.25 ERA.

As good as Miley has been, Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick has been just as bad, winning just one time in his past six starts. Overall, he's 4-10 with a 4.87 ERA and has surrendered 18 runs in 16 2/3 innings over his past three starts, including two that resulted in losses.

Kendrick, who has pitched to a 10.80 ERA in the first inning, has pitched to a 5.30 ERA over the last calendar year, the worst among any starter who has made 30 starts in that span.

"It's just been a tough year for me," said Kendrick, who is 0-2 with a 5.45 ERA in eight games (7 starts) versus Arizona. "I don't know why. I just have to keep pitching."

Philadelphia enters this series on a rare winning note, as it avoided a four- game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday by pulling out a 2-1 win.

It was just the second win in nine tries for the Phillies, who for the second day benched struggling first baseman Ryan Howard. The former NL MVP may be among the league leaders with 60 RBI, but is hitting just .156 in the month of July.

"He understands the scuffling against left-handed pitching, but there are also some left-handed pitching he handles," Sandberg said. "I'll take a look at that ... I told him to be ready to go, continue to work at his game and be ready."

Arizona, meanwhile, has won four of its last six, but dropped two of three to Detroit this past week.

Philadelphia took two of three from the D-backs earlier in the year.

07/25 10:40:04 ET

Scoreboard
Local
Final
LEH 4
DUR 7
 
7:05pm Tonight
LEH
DUR
 
Final
CLE 2
KAN 6
Final
BOS 6
TOR 5
7:05pm Monday
BAL 0
CWS 0
Final
NYY 4
TAM 1
Final
CIN 9
MIL 6
Final
MIA 1
NYM 3
Final
ATL 8
WAS 4
Final
CHC 4
PIT 0
Final
TEX 1
SEA 3
Final
MIN 4
DET 5
Final
STL 1
PHI 4
Final
ARI 4
COL 5
Final
SDP 4
HOU 9
Final
LOS 8
SFG 3
6:10pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
6:10pm Tonight
BOS
TOR
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
CWS
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
TAM
 
7:10pm Tonight
CIN
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
PIT
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
DET
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PHI
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
COL
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
SFG
 
Final
BRK 120
ATL 115
Final
CHI 88
MIL 94
Final
POR 99
MEM 92
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
DAL
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
SAN
 
Final
DET 2
TAM 5
Final
WAS 2
NYI 1
Final
LEH 4
DUR 7
 
7:05pm Tonight
LEH
DUR