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Brown powers Phillies over Diamondbacks 9-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Domonic Brown and the Phillies had a rare power surge.

Brown homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Philadelphia to a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Grady Sizemore had three hits, including the 1,000th of his career, with a double and an RBI for the Phillies, who entered 12th in the NL in runs. They scored at least nine for the eighth time this season and improved to 10-0 when reaching eight runs.

"Real good swings of the bats, extra-base hits, bases on balls," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It was a good night on the offensive side for the whole lineup."

Kyle Kendrick (5-10) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. It was the first win for Kendrick in his eighth career start against the Diamondbacks, giving the right-hander a victory over every NL team.

Alfredo Marte hit his first career homer, a grand slam, and Aaron Hill had three hits for Arizona.

Wade Miley (6-7) struggled for the first time this month, giving up six runs — five earned — and eight hits in five innings.

"I felt good. I just didn't have it tonight," Miley said.

Sandberg benched slumping slugger Ryan Howard for the third straight day in favor of Darin Ruf, who went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

"He swung the bat aggressively, had some good at-bats," Sandberg said.

The manager was noncommittal on whether Howard would return to the lineup Saturday.

Miley won his previous three outings while striking out 19 in 20 2-3 innings with a 1.74 ERA. But he was off from the jump against the Phillies, and the five earned runs were the second-most he's allowed in a start this season.

"He wasn't very good," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He didn't have a good feel with his pitches."

The left-hander labored through the first inning when Philadelphia sent eight batters to the plate while taking a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded walk to Carlos Ruiz and Brown's groundout.

It was 3-0 after the second thanks to Chase Utley's RBI single, and Philadelphia tacked on two more in the third on Ruf's sacrifice fly and Cody Asche's RBI single.

"The game kind of got away in the third inning," Miley said. "That was on me."

The Phillies looked in complete control when Ruf doubled and scored in the fifth. But Sandberg elected to lift Kendrick with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, and it backfired.

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