By Sam Bush

Chris Herrmann delivered the game’s key play, lunging to his right to grab a wide throw from third baseman Jake Lamb while dragging a foot onto home plate for a force out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

Reliever Archie Bradley then struck out the next hitter, and the Diamondbacks cruised to a 9-2 win over the Phillies.

Herrmann also drove in three runs, Lamb homered and Daniel Descalso had three hits to lead Arizona.

The Diamondbacks broke open a one-run game with three runs in the sixth and got another effective pitching performance from Robbie Ray (8-3), who allowed two runs and six hits through 6 1/3 innings.

Ray is 6-0 over his last seven starts with a 1.31 ERA in that span. He had five strikeouts and four walks.

Phillies starter Ben Lively (above) hit a two-run home run for his first career RBI, but gave up four earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

“I was pretty pumped up about that, and after that I kind of stayed a little bit too pumped up,” Lively said.

In the seventh, Aaron Altherr greeted Bradley with a smash to third base. Lamb fielded and threw up the first base side to home plate, but Herrmann got the force and prevented an error.

Bradley struck out Tommy Joseph to end the inning.


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