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Relievers give up 3-run lead, Phillies lose in 10

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2014 at 12:08 am •  Published: July 27, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies' offense went stagnant and the bullpen couldn't salvage a win for Cliff Lee.

Martin Prado doubled, homered and drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-6 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Six Philadelphia relievers combined to allow seven runs, capped by Antonio Bastardo's four-run 10th inning.

"The bullpen struggled tonight," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's just (not making) quality pitches right out of the pen, lacking getting first-hitter outs."

Ender Inciarte reached on a bunt single with one out in the 10th and went to third on Didi Gregorius' double to right off Bastardo (4-4). The speedy Inciarte scored easly on Prado's fly ball to medium center field that was caught by light-throwing Ben Revere.

"I wanted to put the ball in play and fortunately I hit a fly ball," said Prado, who tied his career-high for RBIs in a game.

After an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt, pinch-hitter Nick Evans broke the game open with a three-run shot to left.

Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche homered for Philadelphia, which has lost eight of its last 11 games. Chase Utley had three hits and an RBI.

The teams combined to use 13 pitchers and pounded out 33 hits in the game that took 4 hours, 20 minutes.

Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard went 2 for 5 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup after a .141 average in his previous 21 games caused Sandberg to bench him for three games.

"He had some of his better at-bats against a left-handed pitcher," Sandberg said. "Had a couple of base hits, so that's something for him to build on."

The Phillies jumped all over Josh Collmenter early, cruising to a 6-2 lead before the Diamondbacks battled back against Lee and the Phillies' bullpen.

Collmenter allowed six runs on 11 hits in just 2 2-3 innings — his shortest outing as a starter this season.

"There were just too many bad pitches, especially fastballs up and over the plate," Collmenter said.

The Phillies pounded out eight hits in the first two innings. Asche's two-run homer to right highlighted Philadelphia's four-run second that put the Phillies in front 4-1. Lee scored one of the runs in the inning, reaching on Jimmy Rollins' double, but he nearly fell rounding third and let out a chuckle halfway to the plate.

After Arizona got a run back in the third when Prado went deep, Philadelphia scored twice more, chasing Collmenter in the process, in the bottom of the inning on Byrd's leadoff homer to left and Lee's RBI single to center that made it 6-2.

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