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Philadelphia at Arizona

Venue: Chase Field
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are riding their longest winning streak of the season.

It's been nearly six years since they posted three consecutive victories against the Philadelphia Phillies.

They'll try to change that Saturday night against Cliff Lee, who will make his second career start in Phoenix.

Undefeated since a 1-5 skid, Arizona (21-15) is looking to notch its longest win streak since a run of seven in a row Aug. 9-16, 2011. Miguel Montero, dropped to the eighth spot, hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning to help the Diamondbacks complete a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Friday.

"It was huge for us," said manager Kirk Gibson, whose team is tied with San Francisco atop the NL West.

Arizona had lost six of eight to the Phillies (16-21) heading into this four-game set, but with back-to-back one-run wins, it can make it three straight in this matchup for the first time since a three-game sweep in Philadelphia from May 28-30, 2007.

A former Cy Young Award winner stands in the way of that happening. Lee's only start in Arizona came April 25, 2011, when he struck out 12 in seven innings of a 4-0 loss. That was one of the left-hander's five career losses in 24 starts versus West opponents.

Lee (3-2, 3.26 ERA) won his 12th game against a team from that division with eight strong innings in Monday's 6-2 victory in San Francisco.

"The normal Cliff Lee. He's good, man," Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro said. "He keeps throwing strikes, using the corners. You just try to get him out of his rhythm when he misses, and he doesn't miss that much. He has great command of all his pitches."

Arizona's Trevor Cahill (2-3, 2.80) might need that Saturday, as he has the lowest run-support average on the team at 3.20. The right-hander, though, had some room for error in a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday when he threw seven innings of two-run ball.

"Not as good as last start (eight innings in a 2-1 loss to San Francisco on April 30)," Cahill said, "but I think the biggest thing was, I was able to make pitches when I had to."

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts against Philadelphia.

Cahill will take on a Phillies team which has been held to six runs and 19 hits during a three-game skid. That comes after Philadelphia opened its seven-game trip with 22 combined hits in a pair of 6-2 wins over the Giants.

Ryan Howard and Michael Young are both hitless in nine at-bats over the last three games.

Howard is 0 for 5 off Cahill and Jimmy Rollins 0 for 4. Rollins, though, finished 2 for 5 on Friday with a leadoff homer - the Phillies' 14th straight solo shot - after going 0 for 19 in his previous seven games versus Arizona.

Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .172 in 10 games versus Philadelphia, his lowest batting average against any team he's played more than three times. Goldschmidt's batting average at home has dipped to .231 with an 0-for-5 effort the last two nights after hitting four homers with nine RBIs in a three-game sweep at Los Angeles.

He has two hits - both homers - in six at-bats off Lee, who is 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA in five starts versus Arizona.

Cody Ross, Eric Chavez and Gerardo Parra are the other Diamondbacks to have gone deep against the left-hander, with one apiece.

Arizona can win a season-best third in a row at home.

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Probable Starters

Cliff Lee, LHP
2013 stats
49.2 Innings Pitched 45.0
3-2 Wins-Losses 2-3
3.26 Earned Run Average 2.80
7 Walks 16
40 Strikeouts 34
105 Pitches Per Start 96
Career vs. opponent
36.0 Innings Pitched 20.0
3-1 Wins-Losses 1-1
3.50 Earned Run Average 3.60

Trevor Cahill, RHP
Weather
Indoor
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Philadelphia5th NL East7185.45520 ½ 4-6 L 1
Arizona5th NL West6394.401264-6 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Trevor Cahill
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Kratz21011.500
Utley63100.500
Nix21001.500
Ruiz52000.400
Lee31000.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Cliff Lee
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Goldschmidt62211.333
Pennington31001.333
Parra31101.333
Kubel174016.235
Prado266009.231
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Philadelphia 110 Arizona -120
Injuries
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
D. BrownHand
M. HollandsElbow
C. LeeElbow
J. PapelbonSuspension
J. RollinsHamstring
Arizona
PlayerInjury
B. ArroyoElbow
P. CorbinElbow
P. GoldschmidtFinger
D. HernandezElbow
A. HillFinger
M. ReynoldsElbow
B. ZieglerKnee
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Sep 22MINARI 6-2Collmenter Nolasco 
Sep 23MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 24MIN 1:10 PM EDT