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Mayberry Jr.'s two-run HR helps Phils down D-Backs

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PHILADELPHIA -- Missing four regulars, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to their bench and bullpen.

John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, David Herndon tossed three scoreless innings in relief and the Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Thursday night in a matchup of division leaders.

The major league-leading Phillies took two of three in a potential playoff preview, improving to 14-1-1 in their last 16 series.

A thunderstorm delayed the game for 2 hours, 17 minutes after three innings. Neither starting pitcher returned when play resumed.

Herndon (1-2) gave up one hit and struck out four to earn his second career win. Ryan Madson finished for his 23rd save in 24 tries.

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"He did a great job," manager Charlie Manuel said of Herndon. "He did super."

Herndon was a starter in the minors, but he's pitched out of the bullpen in his two seasons with the Phillies.

"I'm a failed starter," he joked. "I try not to overthrow. Early in the season, I was trying to throw 95 [mph] all the time. Now I'm just trying to stay down in the zone."

Ian Kennedy (15-4) gave up three runs and five hits in three innings, failing to become the NL's first 16-game winner. He had won his previous seven starts.

"He just made a couple of mistakes," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The pitch to Mayberry was down the middle and he blasted it."

Arizona remained 2 ½ games ahead of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants in the West.

Phillies starter Vance Worley allowed one hit in three scoreless innings. The rookie remained 8-1, but Philadelphia has won his last 11 starts.

Rookie Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Diamondbacks. He has four homers in 47 at-bats since getting called up on Aug. 1.

The Phillies, who lead Atlanta by 8 ½ games in the East, are a season-best 38 games over .500 and have reached 80 wins in the second-fastest time in franchise history. They did it in 121 games in 1976.

Wilson Valdez, who hit a tiebreaking two-run double in Wednesday's 9-2 win, put the Phillies up 1-0 with an opposite-field RBI double in the second. Raul Ibanez hit a one-out double and scored on Valdez's liner to right.

Mayberry connected in the third, launching a drive high off the left-field foul pole. Mayberry has settled in nicely as the team's fourth outfielder. It was his 10th homer this season and seventh in 73 at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 5.

Ibanez hit an RBI double in the fifth off Micah Owings to make it 4-0. Chase Utley doubled and scored on Ibanez's drive to left.

The Phillies played All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino, who served the first of his two-game suspension for his part in a benches-clearing brawl at San Francisco on Aug. 5. First baseman Ryan Howard [hand], catcher Carlos Ruiz [groin] and All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco [sports hernia] also were out. Howard and Ruiz are day to day and could return Friday.

Notes

  • The Phillies are 24-3 in games catcher Brian Schneider has started.
  • Jimmy Rollins has hit safely in 18 straight games against Arizona, dating to 2007.
  • A crowd of 45,633 was the 200th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.
  • Kennedy's streak of 22 straight starts throwing at least 100 pitches ended.
  • Arizona's Kelly Johnson was 0 for 3. He's 15 for 89 (.169) since the All-Star break.
  • Roy Oswalt (5-7) takes the mound for the Phillies at Washington on Friday night. He'll face Livan Hernandez (7-11). Oswalt is 6-4 in 19 career games against the Nationals.
  • Daniel Hudson (12-8) pitches for the Diamondbacks at Atlanta against Derek Lowe (7-11) on Friday. He's never faced the Braves.
 
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 John Mayberry Jr.'s home run helps the Phillies win their 80th game of the season after a two hour rain delay. (AP)
John Mayberry Jr.'s home run helps the Phillies win their 80th game of the season after a two hour rain delay. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS4000001 .265
Ryan Roberts, 3B4000010 .259
Justin Upton, RF4000010 .300
Miguel Montero, C4010010 .269
Chris Young, CF2000111 .236
Kelly Johnson, 2B3000021 .208
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3121010 .298
Gerardo Parra, LF3000021 .290
Ian Kennedy, P0000000 .087
    Micah Owings, P1000000 .222
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   a- Collin Cowgill, PH1000010 .171
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals29131110  
a-struck out for Shaw in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (26, Herndon)
HR - Paul Goldschmidt (4, Stutes)
SH - Ian Kennedy (8)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (10)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Montero-Johnson
E - Joe Paterson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (L,15-4) 3533241 3.22
Micah Owings 3211140 2.65
Bryan Shaw 1000110 2.70
Joe Paterson 0.2000000 2.83
David Hernandez 0.1000000 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 60-39, Micah Owings 50-33, Bryan Shaw 16-8, Joe Paterson 15-11, David Hernandez 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 2-3, Micah Owings 1-3, Bryan Shaw 2-0, Joe Paterson 2-1, David Hernandez 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 16, Micah Owings 11, Bryan Shaw 4, Joe Paterson 3, David Hernandez 1
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS3110110 .267
John Mayberry Jr., CF4112001 .263
Chase Utley, 2B4120010 .283
Hunter Pence, RF3000122 .311
Raul Ibanez, LF4121012 .238
Ross Gload, 1B4000015 .238
Brian Schneider, C3000102 .179
Wilson Valdez, 3B3011111 .238
Vance Worley, P1000002 .188
    David Herndon, P1000010 .000
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000011 .221
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals3147449  
a-struck out for Herndon in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (16, Owings), Raul Ibanez 2 (25, Kennedy, Owings), Wilson Valdez (10, Kennedy)
HR - John Mayberry Jr. (10, Kennedy)
RBI - John Mayberry Jr. 2 (34), Raul Ibanez (65), Wilson Valdez (20)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (29), Wilson Valdez (7)
CS - Wilson Valdez (3, 2nd base by Owings/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley 3100020 2.76
David Herndon (W,1-2) 3100040 3.79
Michael Stutes 1111111 3.40
Antonio Bastardo (H,13) 1000020 1.35
Ryan Madson (S,23) 1000010 2.06
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 27-21, David Herndon 39-30, Michael Stutes 18-10, Antonio Bastardo 8-8, Ryan Madson 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 3-4, David Herndon 5-0, Michael Stutes 1-1, Ryan Madson 1-1
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 10, David Herndon 10, Michael Stutes 5, Antonio Bastardo 3, Ryan Madson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45633
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Marty Foster