National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Arizona|
(Tuesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Arizona 5
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - A trio of homers powered the Philadelphia
Phillies to an 8-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle test of a
three-game set at Chase Field.
Hunter Pence and Laynce Nix both hit two-run blasts off Arizona starter Josh
Collmenter (0-2) in the fourth inning, while Shane Victorino added a leadoff
shot in the eighth.
Pence underwent a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder earlier Tuesday after
sitting out the series opener. Pence injured the shoulder diving for a ball in
the Phillies' loss to San Diego on Sunday.
Pete Orr hit a three-run triple for the Phillies, who snapped their losing
streak at three games.
"We got a long season to go and this team has a lot of potential," Pence said.
Vance Worley (2-1) gave up a solo home run to Cody Ransom among five hits in
six strong innings to pick up the win. Jonathan Papelbon retired the
Diamondbacks in order in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
Collmenter was tagged for six runs on nine hits over six-plus frames.
"You take away a couple big blasts and we're in the ball game," Collmenter
Arizona lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Down 4-0, Ransom put the Diamondbacks on the board with a leadoff dinger in
Bryan Shaw relieved Collmenter after Nix and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back
singles to open the seventh. Later in the inning, left fielder Jason Kubel
appeared to make a sliding catch to rob Juan Pierre of a base hit. However,
Pierre was awarded a single on the play, and the bases were loaded for Orr,
who cleared them with a triple to right field.
Arizona responded with a three-spot in the home seventh as Jose Contreras
surrendered three straight doubles to Willie Bloomquist, pinch-hitter Ryan
Roberts and Gerardo Parra, who stole third and scored on a groundout by Justin
Upton to close the gap to 7-4.
Victorino and Kubel exchanged home runs in the eighth.
Pence snapped an 0-for-16 skid at the plate with his home run...The Phillies
improved to 4-5 against NL West teams this season after going 23-9 against
them in 2011...Philadelphia infielder Ty Wigginton doubled to extend his
hitting streak to 10 games...Nix went 3-for-3.
04/25 02:28:31 ET