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Controversial home run helps Phillies survive D-Backs

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PHILADELPHIA -- The way things have been going for the Philadelphia Phillies, manager Charlie Manuel had to be pretty confident the umpires would rule Mike Lieberthal's flyball to left was a home run.

Lieberthal's disputed drive did end up a three-run homer and Randy Wolf pitched seven solid innings to lead the Phillies over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Sunday, their sixth straight win.

"Luck counts a lot in this game and we've been getting the breaks lately," Manuel said.

Arizona's Luis Gonzalez hit his 300th career home run -- a solo shot in the eighth off reliever Rheal Cormier.

Pat Burrell also homered for the Phillies, who have won nine of 10 and improved to a season-high three games over .500 at 30-27. The Diamondbacks lost their fifth straight and for the eighth time in 10 games.

Lieberthal's home run came during a four-run second inning against Brad Halsey (4-3).

With runners on second and third, Lieberthal hit a flyball that appeared to hit the top of the left-field fence and bounce back onto the field. Third base umpire Dale Scott ruled it a double.

Television replays clearly showed the ball hit the top of the fence.

Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel came out to argue that the ball had landed in the flower box just beyond the fence and should have been a homer. The umpires then convened and awarded Lieberthal the home run.

"If the ball hits the flowers, it's a homer," Manuel said.

Asked if he saw the replays, Manuel responded, "I don't need to see them."

Lieberthal did see the replay and felt he got a break.

"I saw it on the video board and it wasn't a home run. It was about two inches short. I'll take it though," he said.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin was ejected by second base umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing the overturned call.

"The umpire (Scott) was right there and made the call and was overruled," Melvin said. "Iassogna said he clearly saw it go into the flowers. It's not going to hit the flowers and bounce back like it hits the pad.

"They don't have the luxury of the replay, Melvin added."

Philadelphia also benefited from two calls in their series against San Francisco last week. Two rulings on catches that might have been trapped went in the Phillies favor in separate victories.

Lieberthal had been struggling with runners on base, hitting .129 (4-for-31) before the home run. In his last five at-bats with runners on base, Lieberthal has three hits.

"Everything goes in cycles and we're all hitting with guys on base right now," Lieberthal said.

Wolf (6-4) allowed two runs on five hits en route to his fifth straight win. He has won his last for starts and hasn't lost since May 4 -- a span of six starts. Wolf struck out four and walked four.

"I had better location in the strike zone," Wolf said. "The more you go after guys, the deeper in games, you'll go. That's what we need right now, we have to give the guys in the bullpen a break."

Arizona cut the lead to 6-5 in the eighth with three runs -- two unearned -- against Cormier. Billy Wagner earned his 14th save but had some trouble doing so.

Wagner gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Alex Cintron to make it 6-5, but got Craig Counsell to pop out with two runners on base to end the eighth.

He then gave up an RBI single to Tony Clark in the ninth before getting Shawn Green with runners on first and third to end it.

"As long as I get the save, I really don't care what happens to that point," Wagner said.

Jason Michaels gave the Phillies a 1-0 in the second with an RBI double that scored David Bell. Lieberthal then hit his sixth homer of the season.

The Phillies extended the lead to 6-0 in the third. Bobby Abreu doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Bell followed with his second homer -- a solo shot -- to left field.

Arizona pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth on Clark's two-run double to make it 6-2. Clark went 3-for-5 with RBI.

Halsey gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits and struck out two.

Despite the loss, Gonzalez said the milestone homer carried a special feeling.

"It was very special because I had three of my roommates from college flown in for the game," he said. "We picked the date early in the year, but I really didn't know it would happen in this game."

Notes

  • Gonzalez finished with three hits for the Diamondbacks.
  • The Phillies are 9-1 in their last 10 meetings with Arizona dating back to 2003.
  • Wolf has won four straight starts for the first time since August 16-September 5, 2002.
  • Jose Cruz Jr. had two hits, snapping an 0-for-17 skid.
  • Gonzalez has a club-record 193 career home runs for Arizona.
 
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D-Backs manager Bob Melvin argues Mike Lieberthal's second-inning home run to no avail.  (AP)
D-Backs manager Bob Melvin argues Mike Lieberthal's second-inning home run to no avail. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Wolf
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 4
K 4
Arizona

T. Clark
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5000015 .304
Royce Clayton, SS4100113 .219
Luis Gonzalez, LF4231010 .308
Troy Glaus, 3B4100113 .251
Tony Clark, 1B5133001 .376
Jose Cruz Jr., RF-CF4020123 .239
Luis Terrero, CF3000102 .250
    Shawn Green, PR-RF1100002 .257
Kelly Stinnett, C4011011 .286
Brad Halsey, P2000000 .043
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH0000100 .206
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Cintron, PH1011000 .283
    Mike Koplove, P0000000 .000
Totals3761065720 
a-walked for Halsey in the 7th
b-singled for Cormier in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (13, Wolf), Tony Clark 2 (9, Wolf, Cormier)
HR - Luis Gonzalez (8, Cormier)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (34), Tony Clark 3 (27), Kelly Stinnett (2), Alex Cintron (13)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Stinnett (1), Alex Cintron (6)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brad Halsey (L,4-3) 6966022 3.48
Lance Cormier 1000010 1.98
Mike Koplove 1111121 5.16
WP - Brad Halsey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Halsey 81-56, Lance Cormier 13-7, Mike Koplove 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Halsey 6-10, Mike Koplove 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Halsey 27, Lance Cormier 3, Mike Koplove 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010000 .269
Placido Polanco, 2B4010001 .305
Bobby Abreu, RF4110011 .333
Pat Burrell, LF4111012 .313
David Bell, 3B4221010 .268
Chase Utley, 1B4110010 .308
Jason Michaels, CF3121100 .291
Mike Lieberthal, C4113002 .259
Randy Wolf, P3000011 .167
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
Totals347106157 
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (12, Halsey), Jason Michaels (6, Halsey)
HR - Pat Burrell (10, Koplove), David Bell (2, Halsey), Mike Lieberthal (6, Halsey)
RBI - Pat Burrell (43), David Bell (18), Jason Michaels (13), Mike Lieberthal 3 (17)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Polanco-Utley
E - David Bell (10, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Randy Wolf (W,6-4) 7522440 4.38
Rheal Cormier 0.2331011 5.29
Billy Wagner (S,14) 1.1211120 2.67
HBP - Gonzalez (by Billy Wagner)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 101-63, Rheal Cormier 19-15, Billy Wagner 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 8-8, Rheal Cormier 2-0, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 29, Rheal Cormier 6, Billy Wagner 8
Game Information
Attendance - 37582
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott