PHOENIX (AP) — The ball bounced in the dirt and away from Carlos Ruiz, a play the Philadelphia catcher could have easily given up on.
Instead, he pounced on the ball, threw to second and — with the help of a replay and a heads-up tag by Chase Utley — retired Martin Prado to help preserve the Phillies' comeback victory.
Pinch hitter Cody Asche hit a two-run double in Philadelphia's four-run eighth inning and Ruiz kept Arizona from getting a runner in scoring position with his hustle play in the ninth, leading the Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
"It was a hustling play," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He could have very easily put it in his pocket there, but he made it fairly close and ended up with a big play just with the hustle."
The Phillies had to rally after ace Cliff Lee allowed five runs in the first three innings.
Philadelphia fought back by scoring two runs off Bronson 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 Ruiz and a replay.
The inning started with a single by Prado, who then was called safe on the close play at second. Sandberg checked the team's internal replay and called for a challenge, arguing 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. The Phillies 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 popup by Prado at third to start the eighth inning.