By Mary Cunningham
Yes, a three-game winning streak is a modest accomplishment in professional sports, but the Phillies will take what they can get!
The Phillies scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead Friday night in a 4-3 victory over the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park.
They were the last team in the National League to have a three-game winning streak, with their last coming on a four-game streak in late August.
“I didn’t realize that,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said about the nearly nine months between streaks. “It’s good. It’s something we can build on. Go for four tomorrow.”
The D-backs took a two-run lead in the seventh only to have the bullpen blow it in the bottom half of the inning. The Phillies’ Freddy Galvis singled to score two runs to tie the game. He advanced to third on an error and scored the winning run on a single from Jeff Francoeur.
“I made a mistake,” D-backs reliever Oliver Perez said about his 1-2 slider to Galvis. “I was supposed to keep throwing fastballs because I know he’s a contact guy and he was waiting for something soft, and I left it right there. Hits are part of the game, but when I don’t [back up] home plate, he gets to third base. … That’s how they won with that run.”