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For the first time this season, Upton looked like his old self Monday night. That was good news for Arizona and bad news for the struggling Philadelphia Phillies.
Upton hit his first home run of the season, singled and had a sacrifice fly in Arizona's 9-5 victory. His lone out was a hard-hit line drive. The left thumb he injured sliding into a base on April 8 had kept him from swinging a bat for some time.
Now he's getting his rhythm back.
"I'm starting to feel better," Upton said. "The doc kind of gave me the go-ahead that it's not going to get any worse, so I'll just play through it. It's been good so far.'
He worked in the batting cage on his swing for a long while Sunday.
"It's more my swing path than anything," Upton said. "When I was playing with the thumb, that kind of got messed up. Now that I'm feeling better I'm able to get a lot more work in. I actually wasn't swinging the bat before. Now I'm able to really get in the cage and get some work in and it's kind of paying off."
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"I wasn't real sure what was going on. It really doesn't matter," Miley said. "Starting, it really doesn't matter. Whenever you get to pitch, just go out and pitch."
"Balls down the middle, that is what's going to happen," Kendrick said. "I made some good pitches that they hit, but most of them were hanging balls right in the middle."
The Phillies have been outscored 20-7 in three straight losses.
Jason Kubel homered and doubled twice, tying a career best with three hits. Miley (2-0) struck out seven and walked one in his first start of the season.
Philadelphia scored all five runs in the ninth inning, including a three-run homer by Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz's solo shot. Victorino's drive was the first home run with a man on base for the Phillies this season.
"Let's look at the positive," Victorino said. "Let's look at never giving up, putting up a fight that last inning. Getting five runs is a positive thing to look at."
Kubel, the left fielder, also threw out Pete Orr trying to score from second to end the eighth inning. Arizona catcher Miguel Montero blocked the plate and held onto the ball in the subsequent collision.
The Phillies, already riddled with injuries, were without Hunter Pence because of a sore shoulder. He was injured diving for a fly ball in Sunday's 6-1 loss at San Diego. Lee is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side.
Hudson is on the DL for Arizona with an impingement in his right shoulder.
The Phillies' ninth-inning outburst came against left-hander Joe Paterson, who in his last two outings faced 10 batters without getting an out and allowed seven runs. Craig Breslow relieved Paterson and wrapped up the victory.
Arizona pounded Kendrick for four runs on five hits in the first inning. Gerardo Parra and Aaron Hill started the game with doubles, then Hill stole third and came home on Upton's sacrifice fly. It was the first RBI of the season for Upton.
The Diamondbacks got two more in the second on Ransom's two-out double with the bases loaded after consecutive singles by Hill, Upton and Montero.
Upton's booming home run deep into the left-field seats leading off the fourth ended Kendrick's night. Two batters later, Kubel hit his second home run on David Herndon's 1-1 pitch to make it 8-0.
Upton also made a nice running catch of Galvis' deep fly in the eighth.
|The Diamondbacks' Jason Kubel homers and doubles twice to tie a career high with three hits. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Jose Contreras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.200|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.242|
|Joe Savery, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Laynce Nix, LF||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.222|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||1||1||3||0||1||1||.273|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.271|
|John Mayberry Jr., RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.205|
|Freddy Galvis, 2B-SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.214|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|David Herndon, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Pete Orr, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|2B - Laynce Nix (3, Paterson), John Mayberry Jr. (2, Miley), Freddy Galvis (4, Miley), Pete Orr (2, Albaladejo)|
|HR - Shane Victorino (3, Paterson), Carlos Ruiz (2, Paterson)|
|RBI - Laynce Nix (4), Shane Victorino 3 (7), Carlos Ruiz (4)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - John Mayberry Jr. 1|
|DP - Galvis-Orr-Wigginton|
|PB - Carlos Ruiz (1)|
|Kyle Kendrick (L,0-1)||3||11||7||7||1||1||1||9.39|
|HBP - Montero (by Kyle Kendrick)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 63-38, David Herndon 51-32, Joe Savery 20-11, Jose Contreras 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 2-5, David Herndon 3-1, Joe Savery 2-1, Jose Contreras 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 21, David Herndon 12, Joe Savery 5, Jose Contreras 4|
|Gerardo Parra, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.244|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Justin Upton, RF||3||2||2||2||0||0||0||.238|
|a- A.J. Pollock, PH-RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||1||2||0||0||1||0||.245|
|b- Henry Blanco, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||2||3||2||1||0||3||.294|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||4||0||1||2||1||1||2||.429|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||5||.217|
|John McDonald, SS||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.280|
|Wade Miley, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.400|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ryan Roberts, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.170|
|Jonathan Albaladejo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Paterson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Breslow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Upton in the 8th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Montero in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Ziegler in the 7th|
|2B - Gerardo Parra (1, Kendrick), Aaron Hill (3, Kendrick), Jason Kubel 2 (4, Kendrick, Herndon), Cody Ransom (2, Kendrick), John McDonald (3, Savery)|
|HR - Justin Upton (1, Kendrick), Jason Kubel (2, Herndon)|
|SF - Gerardo Parra (1), Justin Upton (1)|
|SH - Wade Miley (1)|
|RBI - Gerardo Parra (7), Aaron Hill (9), Justin Upton 2 (2), Jason Kubel 2 (7), Cody Ransom 2 (2), John McDonald (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cody Ransom 2 (2), John McDonald (1)|
|SB - Aaron Hill (2, 3rd base off Kendrick/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Kubel 1|
|DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay, Ransom-Hill-Overbay|
|Wade Miley (W,2-0)||6||2||0||0||1||7||0||1.84|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 81-54, Brad Ziegler 5-4, Jonathan Albaladejo 11-7, Joe Paterson 21-12, Craig Breslow 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 4-7, Brad Ziegler 1-1, Craig Breslow 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Wade Miley 21, Brad Ziegler 3, Jonathan Albaladejo 4, Joe Paterson 5, Craig Breslow 3|
|Attendance - 21195|
|Game Time - 2:36|
|Temperature - 97|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|