IF PHILS MISS PLAYOFFS BY A GAME, THIS MELTDOWN WILL BE THE ONE!

By Peter Marx

If the Phillies fail to make the playoffs this season for the 11th straight season, they may look at last night’s disastrous 13-7 defeat in the desert and wonder.

All this season the Phils have depended on steady pitching and timely hitting to make their way into the second wild card spot.

But last night the normally dependable Ranger Suarez fell apart and a 7-0 lead disappeared.

Carroll Corbin had a go-ahead, two-run double to break a fifth-inning tie and the Diamondbacks punked the Phillies 13-7 for the biggest comeback win in franchise history.

The Diamondbacks trailed 7-0 early in the game but rallied for six runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth for a 12-7 lead.

Carroll had the hit that pushed the D-backs ahead, breaking a 7-all tie in the fifth with a line drive into left-center that brought home Christian Walker and Emmanuel Rivera. It was his first major league hit.

Carson Kelly added two hits and four RBI. Stone Garrett had a solo homer.

“I think everyone’s pretty much exhausted,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “There were so many different emotions.”

Arizona has won four straight. and the Phils have dropped two in a row.

The Phillies scored in each of the first four innings and looked as though they were going to cruise. Kyle Schwarber had the biggest blow, hitting his NL-leading 36th homer deep into the right-field seats to give Philadelphia a 7-0 lead in the fourth.

That’s when the D-backs started their comeback, scoring six in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 7-6. Second baseman Jean Segura made a costly error on a bobbled grounder with two outs that extended the inning and Kelly made the Phillies pay with a three-run double down the right-field line.

“This is one that you just have to take and throw it away,” Segura said. “We’ve just got to continue the way we’ve been playing the last three months.”

Phillies starter Ranger Suárez gave up no hits through three innings but couldn’t get out of the fourth. He allowed six runs, just two earned, over 3 2/3 innings.

The bullpen couldn’t stop the damage. Cristopher Sanchez (2-2) took the loss, giving up five earned runs while getting only two outs.

Luis Frias (1-0) got the win after 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

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