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Diamondbacks hold on to end Phillies' winning streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- The heat tired out Arizona's starter, and Philadelphia roughed up the Diamondbacks' fill-in closer.

The Diamondbacks ended a miserable road trip with a win, though, because Shawn Green and Javier Lopez delivered when needed.

Green put an emphatic end to Philadelphia's six-game winning streak, driving in a season-high four runs, and Lopez earned a rare save in Arizona's 10-8 victory over the Phillies on Monday.

Philadelphia was playing its best baseball of the season, getting quality starts, clutch hitting and even a few timely breaks during its longest winning streak of the season. It all disappeared under the blazing sun in the finale of the four-game series as the Phillies played more like the team that was six games under .500 nearly four weeks ago.

"When you're going bad, you want to stay away from sweeps," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

But Philadelphia nearly pulled this one out, too. The Phillies scored four runs off Brian Bruney in the ninth, and had runners on the corners with two outs. Lopez came on to strike out pinch-hitter Todd Pratt and record his second save of the season.

"I was happy that I was going to get out there and pitch in a situation like that," Lopez said. "The way I pitch, saves aren't going to come around very often. We've had a lot of tough losses, so to be able to go home makes the flight a lot easier."

Maybe Pratt had visions of 1999 when he was with the Mets and his 10th-inning homer knocked the Diamondbacks out of the NL division series. Then again, maybe not -- the Phillies are 0-21 when trailing after six innings.

"We just kept coming back at them," manager Charlie Manuel said.

But Arizona built a nice cushion early to back Brandon Webb (7-2) and end his two-game losing streak.

The Diamondbacks scored five times in the first inning off Cory Lidle (5-4) and snapped a five-game losing streak -- improving to 15-15 on the road. They finished 2-5 on the road trip and moved 3 1/2 games behind idle San Diego in the NL West.

After Craig Counsell reached on shortstop Jimmy Rollins' two-base throwing error to open the game, Lidle gave up an RBI single to Alex Cintron and loaded the bases for Green, who ripped a triple down the line past diving first baseman Jim Thome for a 4-0 lead.

"It's nice to have things turned around today," Green said. "If definitely felt good to do that."

The Phillies got a run back in the first on Bobby Abreu's RBI single, but Lidle gave up consecutive doubles in the second to Cintron and Luis Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly to Green that made it 7-1.

Lidle worked only three innings and allowed seven runs and eight hits in losing for the first time since May 11.

"They hit some balls that had some eyes," Lidle said.

Webb appeared fatigued from temperatures in the 90s. He removed his cap to wipe his brow and paced around the mound toward the end of his five-inning stint. Webb tired in his final frame and the Phillies took advantage, scoring three runs on Pat Burrell's two-RBI double and Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.

"The heat was pretty tough today for me," Webb said.

Webb pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third, striking out Burrell looking.

Jose Cruz Jr. hit a solo homer in the fifth. Green also doubled in the seventh and scored on Chris Snyder's single.

Rollins and Kenny Lofton both went 3-for-5 for Philly.

The Phillies got out of last place in the NL East on Sunday for the first time since April 21, thanks to a disputed home run credited to Mike Lieberthal, but failed to move within a half-game of first-place Washington which had the day off Monday.

Philadelphia continues its 13-game homestand (6-1) on Tuesday against Texas. While there was plenty for even the most skeptical fan to get encouraged about during the recent winning streak, the Phillies have yet to get any serious production from Thome, still stuck in a season-long funk.

Thome went 1-for-4 with a walk, improving his average to .205. Manuel said he's not ready to sit the 2003 NL home run champ.

"I haven't thought about it yet," Manuel said. "I've thought about getting him going. We need his production. We definitely need his power."

Notes

  • Green's second triple of the year snapped an 0-for-8 skid.
  • Manuel said RHP Robinson Tejeda (0-0) will start on Wednesday against Texas. The Phillies needed an extra starter because of last Saturday's doubleheader.
  • The Phillies dedicated a veterans memorial on the former site of Veterans Stadium.
  • Abreu has reached base in 28 straight games.
 
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Chris Snyder and Javier Lopez celebrate in relief after escaping a scary ninth inning. (AP)
Chris Snyder and Javier Lopez celebrate in relief after escaping a scary ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Arizona

S. Green
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5100004 .296
Alex Cintron, 3B5221004 .288
Luis Gonzalez, LF4221100 .311
Tony Clark, 1B5110032 .367
Shawn Green, RF4224010 .262
Jose Cruz Jr., CF4211121 .240
Royce Clayton, SS3021100 .226
Chris Snyder, C4021121 .231
Brandon Webb, P2000022 .000
    Lance Cormier, P1011000 .500
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .270
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Totals3810131041015 
a-flied out for Cormier in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Cintron (8, Lidle), Luis Gonzalez (14, Lidle), Shawn Green (12, Fultz)
3B - Shawn Green (2, Lidle)
HR - Jose Cruz Jr. (7, Geary)
SF - Shawn Green (4)
SH - Royce Clayton (7), Brandon Webb (5)
RBI - Alex Cintron (14), Luis Gonzalez (35), Shawn Green 4 (25), Jose Cruz Jr. (18), Royce Clayton (17), Chris Snyder (11), Lance Cormier (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cintron-Counsell-Clark, Clark-Clayton-Cormier
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,7-2) 5844360 3.44
Lance Cormier 3000020 1.78
Brian Bruney 0.2444120 6.12
Javier Lopez (S,2) 0.1000010 10.20
HBP - Utley (by Lance Cormier), Lieberthal (by Brian Bruney)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 103-57, Lance Cormier 29-18, Brian Bruney 30-16, Javier Lopez 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 6-2, Lance Cormier 4-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 25, Lance Cormier 9, Brian Bruney 8, Javier Lopez 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5231020 .276
Kenny Lofton, CF5231011 .391
Bobby Abreu, RF4111114 .332
Jim Thome, 1B4110112 .205
Pat Burrell, LF4012124 .311
Chase Utley, 2B3023000 .315
David Bell, 3B4000013 .263
    Amaury Telemaco, P0000000 .000
   a- Endy Chavez, PH0000000 .200
   b- Todd Pratt, PH1000012 .218
Mike Lieberthal, C2100110 .255
Cory Lidle, P0000000 .158
   c- Jason Michaels, PH1000000 .288
    Geoff Geary, P1000011 .000
   d- Tomas Perez, PH1000000 .262
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
    Placido Polanco, 3B1110000 .310
Totals36812841117 
a-announced for Telemaco in the 9th
b-struck out for Chavez in the 9th
c-grounded out for Lidle in the 3rd
d-grounded out for Geary in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins 2 (9, Webb, Bruney), Pat Burrell (8, Webb)
SF - Chase Utley (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (19), Kenny Lofton (10), Bobby Abreu (42), Pat Burrell 2 (45), Chase Utley 3 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 2 (13)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (13, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder), Kenny Lofton (3, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jimmy Rollins (5, Wild throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle (L,5-4) 3876220 4.46
Geoff Geary 3211051 4.61
Aaron Fultz 2322110 3.00
Amaury Telemaco 1000120 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 64-43, Geoff Geary 49-32, Aaron Fultz 34-20, Amaury Telemaco 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 6-2, Geoff Geary 2-2, Aaron Fultz 3-2
Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 20, Geoff Geary 11, Aaron Fultz 10, Amaury Telemaco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25570
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Jerry Crawford