Arizona falters late in 6-5 loss to Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Bronson Arroyo gave the Diamondbacks a chance, extending their recent streak of quality starts.

A shaky outing by the bullpen and some costly mistakes led to another disappointing loss.

Arroyo pitched effectively into the seventh inning, but the Diamondbacks had three errors and blew a five-run lead in a 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

"We should have had enough pitching to get through that game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We just didn't play well."

The Phillies had to rally after ace Cliff Lee allowed five runs the first three innings.

Philadelphia fought back by scoring two runs off Arroyo in the seventh and four more in the eighth against Joe Thatcher and Trevor Cahill (1-5).

Jeff Manship (1-0) allowed a hit and two walks in an inning for his first win since Sept 6, 2010 with Minnesota and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his seventh save — with an assist from catcher Carlos Ruiz and a replay.

The inning started with a single by Martin Prado, who then was called safe on the close play at second. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg checked the team's internal replay and called for a challenge, arguing Chase Utley had tagged Prado after he came off the bag on the slide.

Following a lengthy review by the umpires, Prado was called out. Papelbon then struck out Paul Goldschmidt looking, and Miguel Montero grounded out to end it.

Ruiz also had three of Philadelphia's 13 hits and drove in a run for the Phillies, who have won five of seven.

"We were down by five heading into the seventh inning and to pull that off was definitely big," Lee said.

Arizona had bounced back from a difficult start to the season behind its starting pitching and got a decent outing from Bronson Arroyo, who extended the rotation's scoreless innings streak to 18 2-3 innings by pitching into the seventh.

But Arroyo gave up two runs in the seventh and the bullpen couldn't hold the lead after he left, leading to the Diamondbacks' ninth loss in 10 home games.

Cody Ross had three RBIs and two hits for Arizona, which had three errors, including a dropped pop-up by Prado at third to start the eighth inning.

"I thought the wind was a little factor in there, but I am not making any excuses," Prado said. "I should catch that fly ball and give our pitchers a chance to work that inning with one out."