PHOENIX — The Phillies blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and suffered a painful, 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 14 innings on Monday night/Tuesday morning.
Seranthony Dominguez blew his second save in as many days. The Phils came back to win Sunday’s game against Miami, but not this one.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Phillies as they squandered eight shutout innings from Jake Arrieta. That really hurt.
Dominguez got the first out of the ninth then allowed a solo homer to David Peralta, a double to Eduardo Escobar and a game-tying single to Steven Souza Jr.
Luis Garcia got two outs, including the final one with the bases loaded, to get out of the ninth with the score tied at 2-2.
Victor Arano pitched out of trouble in the 10th and 11th.
Tommy Hunter pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th and stranded a runner at third in the 13th.
Lefty Austin Davis took over in the bottom of the 14th and took the loss when he allowed a one-out, solo homer to Peralta.
The loss dropped the Phillies 63-49 and reduced their lead in the NL East to a game over Atlanta.
The time of game was four hours, 38 minutes. It ended at 2:18 a.m. Philadelphia time.
Arrieta and Arizona right-hander Zack Godley hooked up in a tight pitchers' duel. It was a scoreless game into the seventh inning and both teams had just two hits to that point. The Phils broke the scoreless deadlock with two runs in the inning. Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out and came around to score on a triple by Odubel Herrera. Before the frame was over, Jorge Alfaro lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Arrieta made six starts in July and the Phillies won them all. He was 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA in the month. He started off the current winning streak on the final day of July with seven innings of one-run ball at Boston.
Arrieta picked right up where he left off in Boston in this one. His eight shutout innings lowered his ERA to 3.11. Arrieta gave up three hits, including a leadoff double in the bottom of the second. Cabrera, starting at shortstop for the third straight game, started a nice 6-4-3 double play to get Arrieta out of trouble that inning. Arrieta walked two and struck out just four. All of his strikeouts came in his final three innings of work.
Godley pitched well for Arizona. He gave up just the two runs over 7 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits and a walk, which was intentional. He hit two batters and struck out seven.
Nick Pivetta opposes Zack Greinke in the second game of the series Tuesday night.