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Arizona at Philadelphia

Venue: Citizens Bank Park
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After missing out on a prime opportunity to improve their postseason chances, the Arizona Diamondbacks won't have any time to feel sorry for themselves as they prepare to face one of the hottest pitchers in baseball.

Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies, who look to deal fading Arizona a third straight defeat Friday night.

The Diamondbacks (65-61) entered their crucial four-game series with Cincinnati trailing the Reds by five games for the NL's second wild-card spot. They lost three times, though, including a 2-1 defeat Thursday, to fall seven back.

Paul Goldschmidt went 3 for 4 and Adam Eaton had two hits for Arizona, which had taken two of three from Central-leading Pittsburgh in its previous series.

"It's extremely tough,'' Eaton said. "Flying in here, we had high hopes. We ended up on the wrong side of things.''

The Diamondbacks allowed the eventual winning run in the eighth on one of their four wild pitches.

"It's very frustrating. Not a happy series. Disappointing," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We thought we had a good chance to win. They scored both of their runs (because of) wild pitches. It's tough to swallow.''

Facing Hamels (5-13, 3.61 ERA) may not be any more pleasant. He's been stellar over his last four starts, pitching at least seven innings in each while going 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA.

Hamels has improved his overall ERA nearly one full run since the beginning of July while giving up fewer than three runs in eight of nine outings during that stretch.

"I guess (the numbers are) getting back to normal," said Hamels, who is tied for the most losses in the NL while ranking near the bottom of the majors with a 3.30 run-support average. "You can't be satisfied with what's gone on in the past. You have to keep preparing for the next game."

The left-hander gave up two runs and walked five in six innings of a 2-1 loss to Arizona on May 9, which marked the opener of a four-game set these clubs wound up splitting.

Wade Miley didn't face Philadelphia in that series, but he struck out seven and allowed two hits in six scoreless innings to beat the Phillies on April 23, 2012, in his only start against them.

Miley (9-8, 3.56), like Hamels, began his current hot stretch in July. He is 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA over his last nine starts after allowing two runs and striking out eight in eight innings of Sunday's 4-2, 16-inning win over Pittsburgh.

"He has really simplified things," Gibson said. "He got in a spot earlier (in the season) where he was overthinking and he couldn't control the ball. Now he's just throwing the ball where he wants to more."

The left-hander looks to stay hot against a Philadelphia team that has won four of five after a dramatic 5-4 win over Colorado on Thursday.

The Phillies (57-70) trailed by three heading to the bottom of the eighth before Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer. In the ninth, Jimmy Rollins started a two-out rally with a double, stole third and scored on Michael Young's infield single.

Young scored the winning run on Domonic Brown's single.

"We're just out there having lots of fun, feeding off the energy we have in the clubhouse,'' Brown said. "We're trying to make a statement going into next year.''

Carlos Ruiz had three hits and is 10 for 16 (.625) in his last five for Philadelphia, which has won 11 of the last 13 home matchups with Arizona.

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Probable Starters

Wade Miley, LHP
2013 stats
156.2 Innings Pitched 172.0
9-8 Wins-Losses 5-13
3.56 Earned Run Average 3.61
52 Walks 41
117 Strikeouts 154
98 Pitches Per Start 104
Career vs. opponent
6.0 Innings Pitched 52.2
1-0 Wins-Losses 4-2
0.00 Earned Run Average 3.42

Cole Hamels, LHP
Weather
weather image  Partly sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
83°F69°F9mph/NW40%11%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Arizona5th NL West6394.401264-6 W 1
Philadelphia5th NL East7185.45520 ½ 4-6 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Cole Hamels
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Gregorius21010.500
Kubel31001.333
Prado5817125.293
Parra72001.286
Hill113101.273
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Wade Miley
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Wells32001.667
Mayberry21000.500
De Fratus000000
Diekman000000
Frandsen000000
 
Injuries
Arizona
PlayerInjury
B. ArroyoElbow
P. CorbinElbow
P. GoldschmidtFinger
D. HernandezElbow
A. HillFinger
M. ReynoldsElbow
B. ZieglerKnee
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
D. BrownHand
M. HollandsElbow
C. LeeElbow
J. PapelbonSuspension
J. RollinsHamstring
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 11PHIPHI 6-3Diekman Fernandez 
Apr 12PHIPHI 5-4Rosenberg Jennings 
Apr 13PHIPHI 4-3Bastardo Dunn 
May 20MIAPHI 6-5Burnett DeSclafani 
May 21MIAMIA 14-5Eovaldi Kendrick 
May 22MIAMIA 4-3Cishek Diekman 
Jun 23PHIMIA 4-0Eovaldi Hernandez 
Jun 24PHIPHI 7-4Buchanan Heaney 
Jun 25PHIMIA 3-2Alvarez Burnett 
Jun 26PHIPHI 5-3De Fratus Hatcher 
Jul 1MIAMIA 5-4Morris De Fratus 
Jul 2MIAMIA 5-0Koehler Hamels 
Jul 3MIAPHI 5-4Diekman Cishek 
Sep 12PHIPHI 3-1Diekman Jennings 
Sep 13PHIPHI 2-1Kendrick Hand 
Sep 14PHIMIA 5-4DeSclafani Papelbon 
Sep 23MIA 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 24MIA 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 25MIA 4:10 PM EDT