STREAKING (2 GAMES!) PHILS RIDE LEITER PAST D’BACKS 6-1!

By Mary Cunningham

Mark Leiter Jr. got the requisite dousing from Phillies teammates in celebration of his first major league win last night.

Leiter gave up just three hits over six scoreless innings. Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph both homered in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory.

Leiter struck out five with a walk in his first major league start after 12 relief appearances. He bested Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (6-7), who held the Phillies to a run and eight hits for 6 2/3 innings.

The Phils won their second straight after five straight losses, three from being swept in a series with Arizona at home last week.

“It’s something I’ll never forget. I think I was probably more excited for this than I was my major league debut,” Leiter said. “Trying to just trust myself and give my team the best chance I could to win and keep us in it as long as possible.”

Franco’s solo shot came off Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth, an opposite-field home run to right that was Franco’s ninth of the season.

The Phillies scored four runs off Arizona reliever T.J. McFarland in the ninth. Two hits, including Howie Kendrick’s pinch-hit ground-rule double, led to Cameron Perkins’ sacrifice fly, and Kendrick scored on an error.

Joseph’s two-run homer landed in the pool beyond the right-field fence, his 12th of the season. Arizona lost for the just the 10th time in 36 home games.

Joseph knew the pool deck well. He had watched batting practice from there in his younger days growing up in the Phoenix area, and his home run was the first by a visiting player to land directly in the pool this season.

“That part of the ballpark is pretty deep out there,” Joseph said. “It’s definitely a good feeling and I’m happy to have some friends and family in the stands to enjoy it with me.”

Galvis’ one-out triple in the first eluded a diving attempt by Arizona right fielder Peralta, and Galvis trotted home on Aaron Altherr’s grounder.

The Phillies got strong relief from Pat Neshek, who struck out the side in his lone inning. Philadelphia ended a seven-game road losing streak.

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