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Hitting before the pitcher for the first time in two years, Montero hit a tiebreaking homer off the right foul pole in the eighth inning, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
"One of the things when you're hitting eighth is that you have to tell yourself you might come up in a situation where you can do something good, which he did," Gibson said. "It was huge for us."
The Diamondbacks struggled most of the night against Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd, managing two hits off him in 6 2-3 innings. They came through when he went out, though, scoring on a run in the seventh when Martin Prado broke a 29 at-bat hitless streak with runners in scoring position, then taking the lead when Montero hit the first pitch thrown by Mike Adams (1-3) in the eighth that curled toward the foul pole in right and just caught it.
"I knew the ball was gone, but you have so much bad luck that I was running around and was like, wow, I can't believe that ball is going to go foul," Montero said. "I was fortunate enough to hit the pole. It feels great to help the team because I've been disappointed in myself not being able to the ball the way I wanted."
The Phillies jumped on Kennedy early, starting with Rollins' 44th career leadoff homer that tied him with Brady Anderson for fourth all-time. They scored another run in the first inning, but struggled the rest of the way against Kennedy and couldn't score against Hernandez with runners on second and third with one out in the ninth.
Laynce Nix made the second out in the ninth with a soft infield pop-up and Hernandez ended the game by getting Rollins to ground out to first.
"We broke through, but we made some mistakes," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "At the same time, we got four hits in that (first) inning but we didn't capitalize on better opportunity then we didn't add on during the game."
Kennedy has labored since beating St. Louis on Opening Day, allowing four or more runs three times during a six-game winless streak. The right-hander lost to San Diego after allowing four runs in seven innings in his last outing and got off to a rough start against the Phillies.
Rollins hit the first pitch of the game out to right for his 44th career leadoff homer, matching Brady Anderson for fourth all-time. Domonic Brown followed a walk and another hit with a run-scoring single that put the Phillies up 2-0.
Kennedy found a rhythm after that, allowing a single in the second inning and no other hits until Ben Revere led off the seventh with a single. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom half after allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
"It was his best outing of the season, especially those last two innings," Gibson said.
Cloyd was just as good.
The right-hander pitched six games for the Phillies in 2012, going 2-2, and opened this season in the minors.
He was called up to start against the Diamondbacks after Roy Halladay went out with a shoulder injury.
Making his season debut in one of baseball's most hitter-friendly parks didn't seem to bother the 25-year-old.
In the first inning, Eric Chavez lined a double to the right field corner off him and Paul Goldschmidt just beat John Mayberry's throw after running through - almost literally - third base coach Matt Williams' stop sign.
Cloyd had the Diamondbacks guessing after that, working around a pair of walks in the fourth inning with a double play and allowing no hits until Cody Ross hit a one-out flare single to left in the seventh.
He was lifted after that, but didn't figure into the decision because Ross tagged up on Jason Kubel's long flyball to get into scoring position and scored on Prado's run-scoring single off Antonio Bastardo.
Cloyd allowed two hits and struck out four, but is headed back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Right-hander Justin De Fratus will be called up to take his spot on the roster.
"They told me no matter what happened tonight, they were going to end up sending me down," Cloyd said. "I have to go down there and keep going, keep myself in a position to come back up and help them out again."
|Ian Kennedy shakes off a shaky start to pitch seven innings in the Arizona Diamondbacks' win over Philadelphia. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.241|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.271|
|Michael Young, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.306|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.262|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.171|
|Domonic Brown, LF||4||0||1||1||0||2||1||.244|
|John Mayberry Jr., RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.224|
|Ben Revere, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Tyler Cloyd, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Adams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a-popped out for Adams in the 9th|
|2B - Chase Utley (5, Kennedy)|
|HR - Jimmy Rollins (2, Kennedy)|
|SH - Ben Revere (3), Tyler Cloyd (1)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (10), Domonic Brown (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Domonic Brown (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard, Rollins-Howard|
|E - Jimmy Rollins (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Antonio Bastardo (BS,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.59|
|Mike Adams (L,1-3)||1||1||1||1||1||0||1||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Cloyd 92-58, Antonio Bastardo 16-11, Mike Adams 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Cloyd 7-7, Mike Adams 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tyler Cloyd 23, Antonio Bastardo 2, Mike Adams 4|
|Gerardo Parra, CF-RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.300|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.388|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||2||1||0||0||1||0||2||.308|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.278|
|Cody Ross, RF-LF||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||.287|
|Jason Kubel, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.255|
|A.J. Pollock, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Martin Prado, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.236|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.202|
|Ian Kennedy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.063|
|Will Harris, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Sipp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.231|
|David Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Sipp in the 8th|
|2B - Eric Chavez (5, Cloyd)|
|HR - Miguel Montero (3, Adams)|
|RBI - Eric Chavez (13), Martin Prado (9), Miguel Montero (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Chavez (1), Martin Prado (2)|
|CS - Martin Prado (2, 2nd base by Bastardo/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1|
|E - Paul Goldschmidt (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tony Sipp (W,2-1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.53|
|David Hernandez (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.57|
|WP - Ian Kennedy (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 106-62, Will Harris 4-3, Tony Sipp 11-7, David Hernandez 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 8-8, David Hernandez 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 29, Will Harris 1, Tony Sipp 2, David Hernandez 5|
|Attendance - 31900|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|