Longoria's Heroics Lift Diamondbacks Over Phillies in a High-Scoring Affair
The Arizona Diamondbacks emerged victorious in a nail-biting clash against the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 9-8 Monday night. Evan Longoria's three-run homer proved to be the decisive blow, as the Diamondbacks withstood J.T. Realmuto's cycle performance to secure the thrilling win. Both teams showcased their offensive prowess, combining for an impressive 25 hits, including 10 for extra bases. Realmuto wasted no time making an impact, launching a solo home run in the first inning and following it up with a two-run triple in the third. In the ninth inning, he completed the cycle with a double and scored on Bryson Stott's single, closing the gap to 9-8. Philadelphia's Kody Clemens thought he hit a two-run homer off Miguel Castro in the ninth inning, only for it to be ruled a foul ball upon review. Castro went on to strike out Clemens on the next pitch, sealing the Diamondbacks' victory and earning his seventh save of the season. Realmuto gave the Phillies an early 5-1 lead in the third inning, but tensions flared after Diamondbacks' Corbin Carroll was hit by a pitch for the second time in three innings. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo engaged in a heated argument with Realmuto, resulting in ejections for both Lovullo and Diamondbacks' outfielder Josh Rojas. However, the ejections seemed to ignite the Diamondbacks, who rallied around their manager. Pavin Smith and Emmanuel Rivera contributed with run-scoring hits in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Carroll, named NL Player of the Week, continued his impressive performance by delivering a game-tying triple in the fourth inning. In the sixth, Rivera's sacrifice fly off Dylan Covey gave the Diamondbacks the lead, setting the stage for Longoria's towering three-run homer in the same inning, extending the lead to 9-5. The Phillies mounted a comeback in the seventh inning, as Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm each drove in a run to bring the score to 9-7. However, the Diamondbacks' pitching held firm, securing the hard-fought victory. Ketel Marte had a standout game for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, collecting three hits and scoring three runs to contribute to the team's offensive onslaught. In terms of player updates, the Diamondbacks welcomed the return of catcher Carson Kelly from the injured list, while left-handed pitcher Joe Mantiply also returned after a hamstring injury. Kelly made his season debut after breaking his right forearm during spring training. Additionally, the team made roster moves, with Kevin Ginkel and Jose Herrera being optioned to Triple-A Reno, and Anthony Misiewicz being designated for assignment. Looking ahead, the Phillies' Zack Wheeler (4-4, 3.91 ERA) is set to face the Diamondbacks' Zach Davies (1-1, 4.68 ERA) in the second game of the series on Tuesday. Fans can expect another thrilling encounter as the D-Backs look to extend their 6-0 winning streak.