Segura’s single in 11th lifts Phillies over Diamondbacks 7-6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jean Segura singled with one out in the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in a game with a number of late-inning twists.
Brad Miller hit a tying two-run homer in the 10th, and Bryce Harper also went deep for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game skid and won for the third time in 11 games. The Phillies remained 5½ games behind NL East-leading Atlanta.
“It’s a huge game for us,” Segura said. “Bouncing back and coming from behind, we really needed that to get going.”
Many fans remaining in the extra innings from the crowd of 23,181 were chanting, “Jean! Jean!” before the final pitch. Segura said he didn’t hear them, though.
“I lock myself up and see the pitch and hit it,” he said.
Christian Walker hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth, and Ketel Marte connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the 10th, but it wasn’t enough for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are an NL-worst 44-86.
“Right now, it’s tough to stomach,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Philadelphia won for the first time in five tries against Arizona this season.
Segura ended the 4-hour, 12-minute contest with a one-out single to right off Taylor Clarke (1-1) that scored Ronald Torreyes.
“We needed to win; we need to win games,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.
The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes due to COVID-19 contact tracing.
Earlier in the day, the Phillies put pitcher Zach Eflin, catcher Andrew Knapp and infielder-outfielder Luke Williams on the COVID-19 IL. Knapp was in the original starting lineup and replaced by J.T. Realmuto about 45 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.
Philadelphia looked headed to victory in the ninth before Walker homered off Ian Kennedy, tying the score at 4-all. Phillies relievers have blown 26 saves this season, a franchise record.
The Diamondbacks took a 6-4 lead in the 10th when Marte hit a 2-0, 93-mph fastball from Enyel De Los Santos (2-2) over the wall in right-center. De Los Santos pitched a scoreless 11th.
Miller tied it in the 10th off Tyler Clippard, who blew his second save in his seventh chance.
“This one hurts,” Clippard said. “We played well, but didn’t get it through the finish line.”
Harper stayed hot during August and put the Phillies ahead 2-0 in the third with his 25th homer of the season, a line-drive, opposite-field shot that traveled an estimated 406 feet with an exit velocity of 110.4 mph. The Phillies slugger has nine homers and 20 RBIs in 24 games this month.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola gave up three hits, struck out seven and walked none in 5 ⅓ innings.
Arizona starter Taylor Widener allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings.
Pitchers were warming up as they normally would about 25 minutes before the scheduled first pitch before clearing the field about 10 minutes later. Nola and Widener resumed their warmups around 7:05 p.m., when players from both teams returned to the field.
GOODBYE AND HELLO
Cincinnati claimed veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera off waivers from the Diamondbacks. Arizona called up outfielder Jake McCarthy to take Cabrera’s spot. McCarthy, the No. 39 overall pick in the 2018 draft, went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk in his major league debut.
Lovullo said the Diamondbacks will miss Cabrera’s steadying presence on and off the field.
“(Cabrera) meant so much to this team,” he said. “He brought such a stable at-bat and stable, steady defensive play. Behind the scenes, inside the clubhouse, he was always teaching. He’s going to be missed. On the flip side of it, he’s going to a team in the playoff race. It was hard to say goodbye, but we know he’s in a spot where he’ll potentially play in the postseason.”
Diamondbacks: Marte was not in the starting lineup a day after leaving in the sixth inning due to right hip discomfort. Marte struck out pinch-hitting in the eighth inning and remained in the game to play second base. Lovullo said prior to the contest that Marte likely would return to the lineup on Saturday. … RHP Merrill Kelly (COVID-19 IL) threw a 23-pitch bullpen session on Friday without incident. Lovullo said the Diamondbacks will “continue to press him,” but there is no timetable for his return. Kelly last pitched Aug. 11. … OF Kole Calhoun, out since Aug. 11 with a strained right hamstring, is progressing in his rehab. The next step is to combine hitting and running, Lovullo said.
Phillies: Philadelphia recalled C Rafael Marchan, OF Jorge Bonifacio and RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take the place of the three players on the COVID-19 IL. Bonifacio struck out pinch-hitting to end the eighth. The three Phillies who tested positive will sit out 10 days. ... Girardi said right-handed reliever Archie Bradley and lefty José Alvardo were not available.
Phillies RHP Kyle Gibson (9-5, 3.06) is scheduled to face Arizona RHP Humberto Mejia (0-0, 3.60) in the third contest of the three-game series on Saturday night.
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