National League Game Summary - Arizona at Philadelphia|
(Friday, August 3rd)
Final Score: Arizona 4, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Three years his junior, Diamondbacks right
fielder Justin Upton smacked his 100th career homer, less than an hour before
brother B.J. also reached the same milestone in Tampa.
It was the 13th time the Upton brothers homered on the same day.
Justin Upton collected two hits and two runs scored as Arizona edged the
Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
At 7:17 p.m. (est), 24-year-old Justin crushed a solo shot deep into the seats
in left in the second to reach the 100-homer plateau. 56 minutes later, B.J.
went deep against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth.
"I definitely wanted to beat him to it," Justin Upton said. "It really felt
good. I'm happy for him. It's a big night for the family."
The Upton's became the sixth set of brothers to eclipse 100 career longballs.
Sandy and Roberto Alomar, Clete and Ken Boyer, Bret and Aaron Boone, Joe and
Vince DiMaggio and Bob and Irish Muesel are the only other brother
combos to accomplish the feat.
Ian Kennedy (10-8) surrendered two runs on seven hits and two walks in six
innings for the streaking D-backs, who have won four straight and six of their
"He gave us six innings, two runs," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of
Kennedy's start. "He gave his team a chance to win."
J.J. Putz fired a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 20th save of the year.
Chase Utley cracked a solo shot, while Kyle Kendrick (4-9) was charged with
three runs -- two earned -- on five hits in four innings for Philadelphia,
which has dropped five of its last seven contests.
The D-backs plated a run in the second and two more in the fourth to jump out
to a three-run lead.
Upton's moonshot in the second put Arizona on the board, while Paul
Goldschmidt's sacrifice fly and Chris Johnson's RBI single in the fourth made
Utley launched a towering blast into the front row of seats in right in the
home half and Nate Schierholtz's sac fly in the fifth cut the deficit to 3-2.
Upton showed off his arm in the sixth. With two outs and John Mayberry at
second, Kevin Frandsen fisted a base hit into right field. Fielding the ball
on a short hop, Upton threw a seed at home, which nabbed Mayberry -- although
he appeared to slide in safely underneath the tag.
"I thought he was safe," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Arizona added some insurance in the ninth when Jason Kubel clubbed a solo shot
into the second deck in right for a 4-2 D-backs edge.
The Upton brothers both hit career home run No. 99 on July 20...Prior to the
game, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies in
exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations...Also before
the contest, Philadelphia recalled B.J. Rosenberg, who spun two scoreless
frames, from Triple-A Lehigh Valley...The Phillies were 1-for-5 with runners
in scoring position, while Arizona finished 1-for-3.
08/04 02:17:31 ET