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Utley's bases-loaded walk sends Phillies past D-Backs

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PHILADELPHIA -- The music is blasting and the Philadelphia Phillies are having fun again. There's plenty to celebrate these days.

Chase Utley walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Philadelphia to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

It was the fifth win in six games for the Phillies, who have won four of those contests in their last at-bat, including the last three.

"Anytime you have walk-off [wins], it creates excitement and right now it's carrying over to the next day," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said.

The music blared in the Philadelphia clubhouse following the game -- something that hasn't been the case for most of this disappointing season.

"We're playing together and having fun in here, being able to go out on the field believing in each other," Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels said. "We're taking that direction and have to keep pushing in that direction as long as we possibly can."

Cody Asche led off the ninth with a single and went to third on Jimmy Rollins' single. Heath Bell (4-2) intentionally walked Michael Young to load the bases for Kevin Frandsen. After striking out Frandsen, Bell was lifted for left-hander Eury De La Rosa.

De La Rosa ran the count to 3-2 and Utley walked when the final pitch appeared to be a bit inside.

"We were trying to work both sides of the plate," Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch said. "The last pitch started out, then came in and barely missed."

Darin Ruf homered for the second straight game for Philadelphia, which improved to 5-3 under Sandberg. Ruf has eight homers and 12 RBI in 21 games this month.

Matt Davidson had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped four of five, damaging their fleeting playoff hopes. They stayed seven games back of the Reds for the second NL wild-card spot.

"They just got it done in the ninth," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Jonathan Papelbon (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

The Phillies jumped to a 1-0 lead on Ruf's two-out homer in the second. The Diamondbacks answered with three runs in the fourth off hard-luck Hamels.

Paul Goldschmidt was credited with a double after left fielder Domonic Brown lost his routine fly ball in the lights as twilight fell. Martin Prado drove in Goldschmidt and Adam Eaton with a two-run double, and Davidson's RBI single put Arizona ahead 3-1.

"We got a big break on the ball lost in the lights, but we couldn't tack on," Gibson said.

That was it for the Diamondbacks against Hamels, who allowed six hits and walked one in seven innings. The left-hander has a 1.89 ERA in his last five starts but just one win and four no-decisions over that stretch.

Hamels, who entered with the fifth-lowest run support average among starters in the majors (3.30), remained 5-13 on the season.

"Ultimately, you don't want it to come down to the last at-bat, but winning is winning," Hamels said. "I'm glad we're able to battle and stay with it. It's a good feeling to have something going the right way."

The Phillies tied it when Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run double off Wade Miley in the sixth. That was the last inning for Miley, who yielded five hits and two walks.

The Phillies threatened in the eighth against Bell, putting runners on first and second with two outs. But Bell struck out John Mayberry Jr. swinging to end the inning.

The Diamondbacks got a runner to second with two outs in the ninth off Papelbon, but Cliff Pennington flew out to center to end the threat.

Notes

Arizona's J.J. Putz dislocated his pinky finger in the seventh inning trying to field Rollins' grounder to shortstop. Putz will be placed on the disabled list on Saturday.. Ruiz went 2 for 4, raising his average to .600 (12 for 20) in his last six games.. The three-game series resumes Saturday night when Phillies RHP Ethan Martin (2-2, 5.23 ERA) opposes RHP Randall Delgado (4-4, 3.82 ERA). ... The Phillies wore maroon and white pinstriped uniforms similar to what the club wore in the 1990s on '90s night. ... Frandsen snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a sixth-inning single.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
A.J. Pollock, CF4000020 .246
Adam Eaton, RF-LF3100000 .245
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4110000 .300
Martin Prado, LF-3B4112000 .281
Aaron Hill, 2B3010101 .313
Matt Davidson, 3B4021011 .217
Cliff Pennington, SS4010003 .235
Tuffy Gosewisch, C3010001 .250
Wade Miley, P2000022 .104
   a-Jason Kubel, PH1000000 .222
Totals3237315  
a-flied out for Miley in the 7th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (26, Hamels), Martin Prado (27, Hamels), Aaron Hill (20, Hamels)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (62), Matt Davidson (2)
SB - Tony Campana (4, 2nd base off Papelbon/Ruiz)
CS - Aaron Hill (2, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley 6533221 3.60
J.J. Putz 1000000 2.43
Joe Thatcher 0.1100000 2.55
Heath Bell (L,4-2) 1411120 3.64
Eury De La Rosa 0000100 1.23
IBB - Mayberry by Wade Miley, Young by Heath Bell
HBP - Utley (by Wade Miley)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 110-71, J.J. Putz 9-7, Joe Thatcher 6-4, Heath Bell 26-15, Eury De La Rosa 6-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 13-3, J.J. Putz 2-1
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 26, J.J. Putz 3, Joe Thatcher 2, Heath Bell 7, Eury De La Rosa 1
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Young, 3B4000101 .264
Kevin Frandsen, 1B5110014 .230
Chase Utley, 2B3101100 .276
Domonic Brown, LF4020000 .276
Carlos Ruiz, C4022000 .282
Darin Ruf, RF4121012 .275
John Mayberry Jr., CF3000112 .244
John McDonald, SS2000113 .089
   a-Cody Asche, PH1110000 .214
Cole Hamels, P2010001 .186
   b-Jimmy Rollins, PH-SS2010000 .248
Totals34410444  
a-singled for Papelbon in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hamels in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Ruiz (9, Miley)
HR - Darin Ruf (10, Miley)
RBI - Chase Utley (48), Carlos Ruiz 2 (18), Darin Ruf (16)
2-OUT RBI - Darin Ruf (10)
CS - Domonic Brown (3, 2nd base by Bell/Gosewisch)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - McDonald-Utley-Frandsen
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels 7633140 3.62
B.J. Rosenberg 1000010 5.14
Jonathan Papelbon (W,4-1) 1100000 2.59
HBP - Eaton (by Cole Hamels)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 91-66, B.J. Rosenberg 11-6, Jonathan Papelbon 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 5-10, B.J. Rosenberg 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 27, B.J. Rosenberg 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32619
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Marvin Hudson