One streak ended tonight while another hopefully isn’t starting.
The Phils finally topped the four-run mark but lost their second straight on Tuesday night in Arizona.
Roy Oswalt got roughed up in the 7-5 loss to the D’Backs, making it through three innings before being lifted for Kyle Kendrick. Charlie Manuel didn’t say Oswalt left due to back issues but Oswalt had left before talking to reporters said Matt Gelb on Twitter.
Oswalt allowed five runs on six hits and a walk through three. He failed to strike anyone out. Much like his last start in San Diego, Oswalt’s velocity and movement in his fastball were down, forcing him to go deep in counts and not get Arizona to swing at bad pitches.
Arizona third baseman Ryan Roberts drove in a pair of runs and had a two-hit game. Pitcher Daniel Hudson had a two-run double to go with his quality start of three runs on 10 hits in six innings.
The Phillies trailed four heading into the ninth but cut the lead in half with a two-out, two-run home run by struggling outfielder Ben Francisco.
Ryan Howard had a three-hit day with a double and RBI. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Francisco also had two-hit games apiece.
Victorino led off the game with a triple and was driven in by Placido Polanco. But Arizona’s three-run 2nd gave them the lead and they never looked back.
Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4, extending his hitless streak to 25 at-bats and dropping his batting average to .171. He did walk, his first time on base since April 21.
After sweeping the lowly Padres in four games, the Phillies will turn to Joe Blanton tomorrow to avoid a sweep of an equally pathetic team in Arizona.
2B: Howard (7). 3B: Victorino (2). HR: Francisco (4).
WP: Hudson (1-4). LP: Oswalt (3-1).