PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) — Christian Walker had three hits and three RBIs, Jake McCarthy homeraised and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended Philadelphia’s nine-game winning streak in a 13-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday, and interim manager Rob Thomson. gave his first loss.
Keitel Marte and Alec Thomas scored two each for Arizona, which ended the 10-game journey 4-6.
The Phillies lost for the first time since May 31, and Thomson was beaten for the first time since replacing Joe Girardi on June 3. To begin his management tenure, Thomson’s eight wins are the most matches for a Phillies captain and second only to Joe of Boston. Morgan, who won 12 straight in 1988.
The Phillies and their club-record $240 million payroll stood at .500 and are completely in playoff contention. He started third in the NL East, eight games behind the Mets and 2 1/2 from the final NL wild-card spot.
His play Sunday seemed like how he ended the Girardi era.
Phillies pitchers played 11 Diamondbacks and struck another, and their batsmen were dismissed 13 times. It got so bad that backup catcher Garrett Stubbs finished ninth.
The Diamondbacks loaded the base without an outsider after Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm was dismissed in third place on Marte’s routine grounder. Instead of tagging Jordan Luplo running straight at him, Bohm tried to get a force in seconds and threw there too late.
Two batters later, catcher JT Realmuto dropped a throw from pitcher Ranger Suarez (4-4) on a forceout attempt at home. Realmuto had a 1-2-3 turn in a double game at the end of the innings, but Esper scored two instead and added another on Dolton Varshaw’s RBI groundout. Realmuto got three hits.
Suarez, who needed 40 pitches to get through first, left after 4 1/3 innings after allowing four runs – two earned – on four hits with four runs and two strikes.
Arizona faced four more runs in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead. Relievers Nick Nelson and Andrew Bellatti combined for four walks and a hit batsman into the frame when the Diamondbacks scored four for two hits en route to the blowout.
Before that, Philadelphia had the best chance of getting back into the game, with base loads and one in fifth. Noé Ramirez came to the relief of Luke Weaver (1-0) and dismissed Nick Castellanos on three pitches before Realmuto was fanned.
Philadelphia has only 13 winning streaks of 10 games or more, the last from July 8–21, 2009. The Phillies ended that season with their second consecutive appearance in the World Series.
Weaver, making his first appearance since April 7, allowed one run on three hits with four strikes in three innings and scored two runs after being first scored by opener Kyle Nelson.
Diamondback: Weaver (swelling of the right elbow) was activated by 60-day IL.
Phillies: Closer Corey Nebel takes a pre-contest catch after not entering Saturday’s game due to a right shoulder tightness. Nebel said before Sunday’s game that Saturday’s decision was just a precautionary one, and Thomson said there had been no structural damage.
Diamondbacks: Homecoming for a three-match series against Cincinnati starting Monday when Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (5-3, 3.32) faces Reds LHP Mike Minor (0-2, 8.64).
Phillies: Start a three-game home set against Miami on Monday night, with Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (4-4, 3.50) opposing Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara (6-2, 1.61).
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