Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.
Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.
It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up. Less than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.
Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..
Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.
The Phillies then got a little insurance in the 7th inning thanks to a missed call by second base umpire Angel Hernandez.
Juan Pierre looped a one-out single to left field that was caught by D’Backs left fielder Jason Kubel. But Hernandez ruled that Kubel trapped the ball, an obvious blown call on real time and on the replay.
Pete Orr followed that play up with a bases-clearing triple, expanding the Phillies’ lead to 7-1.
All of this gave Vance Worley a huge cushion as he earned his second win of the season. He went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk, striking out six.
Former Phillie Mike Zagurski pitched the 8th inning for the Diamondbacks, surrendering a home run to Shane Victorino.
2B: Wigginton (3). 3B: Orr (1). HR: Pence (3), Nix (1), Victorino (4).
WP: Worley (2-1). LP: Collmentor (0-2). SV: Papelbon (6).