PHOENIX (AP) — The good vibes the Philadelphia Phillies felt in Los Angeles didn't carry over to the series opener in Arizona.
Josh Collmenter shut out the Phillies for six innings and a late rally fell short Friday night in a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, who have won three in a row after a 5-18 start to the season.
"We didn't do our scoring until late, three in the seventh, one in the ninth," manager Ryne Sandberg said. " We did have a couple of chances with base running going first to third. We came up short on that."
He was referring mostly to the eighth inning, when Ryan Howard singled and was replaced by pinch runner John Mayberry Jr. Marlon Byrd ripped a base hit to left. Tony Campana was able to keep the ball from getting past him, saving a run in what Arizona manager Kirk Gibson called "the play of the game."
Sandberg said Mayberry should have gone to third even though Campana had stopped the ball.
"To me that is a first and third play," Sandberg said. "It might have been a double by Byrd."
The Phillies had won three of four over the Dodgers to pull to .500 but couldn't get anything off Collmenter, who has an unorthodox overhand style. The right-hander topped out at a mere 88 mph but his location was superb.
"He was hitting both sides of the plate and stuck to his game plan," Howard said. "He hit spots. That was key. We had a couple of good swings on him but just couldn't find any real estate."
Collmenter (1-2), in his third start since replacing Randall Delgado in the rotation, allowed four hits and struck out five. It's the first time a Diamondbacks pitcher has gone six scoreless innings this season.
Aaron Hill drove in three runs with a two-run homer and RBI double
"Now I think a little bit of the pressure's off," he said. "We know that we're a good team and we can play well and win games like this."
A.J. Pollock's solo homer in the eighth provided what proved to be the deciding run for the Diamondbacks, who won at Chase Field for only the second time in 11 games this season.
The Phillies scored a run on two-out singles by Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins off Addison Reed in the ninth. Reed intentionally walked Chase Utley, then struck out Mayberry for his sixth save — three in the last three days.