Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/24/12

PHOENIX -- Laynce Nix has become a recent contributor in Philadelphia, and he is starting to work his way into manager Charlie Manuel's heart.

"When you swing the bat like that, I like you," Manuel said after Nix had three hits, including one of the Phillies' three home runs in an 8-5 victory over Arizona at Chase Field on Tuesday. "I start to love you."

Nix and Hunter Pence had two-run homers in the fourth inning to stake Vance Worley to a 4-0 lead, and Shane Victorino added a solo home run in the eighth as the Phillies broke a three-game losing streak and even the series at one game apiece.

Victorino, who leads the Phillies with four homers, has six homers in 20 games at Chase Field in his eight-year career. Pence has three homers this season and Nix, who has six RBI in 21 at-bats, hit his first. Pence returned to the lineup after missing his first start of the season Monday because of a sore shoulder.

"It's about the ballclub. If I'm able to play, I'm going to play," Pence said. "In this game you put up with a lot. I just wanted to come out and see how my shoulder felt."

Cody Ransom and Jason Kubel had solo homers for the D-backs, who trailed 7-1 after Pete Orr's bases-loaded triple in the top of the seventh inning. Kubel extended his hitting streak to eight games with his third homer in four games.

"It was too late. It just wasn't enough," Kubel said of the D-backs' late charge.

Worley (2-1) gave up only Ransom's homer in six innings. He has given up one run in nine career innings against the D-backs and has the distinction of starting the last game that D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy lost, on Aug. 18, 2011, at Citizens Bank Park. Kennedy was 21-4 last year and is 3-0 this year. Worley's ERA is 2.16.

"They made him pitch. He was gutty but at the same time his stuff was good. It just shows how good he is and how determined he is," said Manuel, who removed Worley after he threw 110 pitches.

Jonathan Papelbon got his sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Josh Collmenter (0-2) got into the seventh inning for the first time in four starts this season but was charged with six runs when two inherited runners scored in the seventh. Although his ERA dropped to a season-low 9.82, he has given up six home runs in 18 1/3 innings.

"Any pitch that I made that didn't go where I wanted to ended up where they wanted it. I just didn't execute pitches when I really needed to," Collmenter said.

Orr, Juan Pierre and Brian Schneider had two hits. Ransom and Gerardo Parra had two hits for the D-backs, whose four doubles gave them 10 for the series.

Pence's two-run homer broke a scoreless tie with one out in the fourth inning, when he took a low-outside pitch from Collmenter the opposite way to right field. Pence was back in the lineup after missing Monday's game when an MRI showed no structure damage in his shoulder.

Ty Wigginton doubled with two outs in the fourth and Nix hit the next pitch deep inside the right-field foul line for a home run and a 4-0 lead. Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 10 games, five short of his career high set in 2008.

Ransom homered off Worley to make it 4-1 in the fifth. Ransom, who had two homers in 22 at-bats with the Phillies in 2010, has extra-base hits in his last three games after doubling Sunday and Monday. He has started the last three games in place of slumping Ryan Roberts, who entered the day hitting .170.

NOTES: Right-hander Michael Stukes was placed on the disabled list after the game Tuesday with right shoulder soreness. He will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Michael Schwimer, who was 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA in seven appearances at Class AAA Lehigh Valley this season. … Nix, who did not play an inning of first base in his first eight major league seasons, made his fifth start of the season there Tuesday. He is the fourth player the Phillies have started there while Ryan Howard recovers from a left Achilles injury. Howard sent a message on his Twitter feed Tuesday that he hopes to begin working out in a week. Nix started six games at first base for Washington in 2011. Ty Wigginton (seven games), John Mayberry Jr. (three) and Jim Thome (three) also have started at first. ... Thome is closing in on another milestone. With four homers for Philadelphia this season, Thome will join Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans as the only major leaguers to hit 100 homers for three teams. ... Pence and Arizona third baseman Ryan Roberts were the 3-4 hitters on the 2003 University of Texas-Arlington team. ... The D-backs recalled right-hander Joe Martinez and purchased left-hander Mike Zagurski from Class AAA Reno to fortify their bullpen Tuesday. Left-hander Joe Paterson, who gave up five runs and did not retire a batter Monday, was optioned to Reno and right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo was designated for assignment to make room. Paterson did not retire any of the 10 batters he faced in his last two outings.

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