PHOENIX — The Phillies had reached a point where they hoped five meaningless ninth-inning runs in a loss Monday could propel them to greater things.
They hope Tuesday is a continuation of that first step.
The Phillies hit three home runs on their way to an 8-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The win put the Phillies in position to finish their 10-game road trip through San Francisco, San Diego and Arizona at 5-5 with a victory in the series finale against the D-backs on Wednesday afternoon.
Considering the way the road trip looked and felt at times, they would happily take a .500 mark.
The Phillies jumped on Josh Collmenter — who stepped on the mound with an 0-1 record and a 10.22 ERA — tagging him for nine hits and six runs in six-plus innings.
It started in the fourth inning. Manager Charlie Manuel had a hunch to play Pete Orr, and Orr rewarded him with a leadoff single. Hunter Pence, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a bruised left rotat...