PHOENIX (AP) -- Bobby Abreu knew how to handle a former teammate.
Abreu capped Philadelphia's six-run seventh inning with a grand
slam off Tim Worrell, and the Phillies beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 11-3 Friday night to win for the fifth time in six
"It was a pretty good pitch for him," Abreu said. "I just
wanted to make contact there, and things happen, you know. I was
just trying to continue the rally."
Worrell was acquired by Arizona from Philadelphia on July 21 for
Matt Kata and cash.
"I just fell behind and made a pitch up and over the plate,"
Worrell said of the 3-1 pitch
Abreu had been 0-for-5 against Worrell with three strikeouts.
"That doesn't mean I don't get him tomorrow, and just because
he was 0-for-5 doesn't mean he's going to be 0-for-6, so I don't
buy into that stuff, I guess," Worrell said. "So it's just a
different story if I make my pitch."
Chase Utley hit two solo homers for Philadelphia, which moved
within 2½ games of NL East-leading Atlanta and maintained a 1½-game
lead in the wild-card race.
Aaron Fultz (3-0) pitched two hitless innings for the victory.
"He's done nothing but improve," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. "He's been very good in the role we put him in; he's
been fantastic. The back end of our bullpen, that is a strong key
to our game."
Brad Halsey (8-11) allowed four runs, four hits and three walks
in 6 1-3 innings, losing his fourth straight start after going 4-0
in six starts from July 3 to Aug. 4. Arizona has lost six straight
games and has been outscored 119-49 while dropping 11 of its last
"We've been outscored in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings
maybe 100-2, it seems like," Luis Gonzalez said. "And when we get
behind like that, it's tough. The hitters have to change their
approach, the pitchers on the other team get to play around up
there. I mean, they don't have to go right at you."
Philadelphia trailed 3-1 before pinch-hitter Ramon Martinez's
sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Utley tied the score when he
homered leading off the seventh.
"It took us a little while, but we swung the bats well
tonight," Utley said.
Worrell came in, and Jason Michaels hit a hard grounder to deep
shortstop that Royce Clayton stopped with a dive. But Clayton
couldn't get a forceout at second, and Philadelphia went ahead 4-3
on the infield single.
Abreu followed with his sixth career slam, becoming the first
Phillies player to hit three in one season since Gene Freese in
"It just got our of hand there," Diamondbacks manager Bob
Melvin said. "Royce makes a nice play, and if it comes out of his
glove it's 3-3 and we're off the field. After that it just
Pinch-hitter Endy Chavez added a two-run triple in the eighth
against Jason Bulger, who made his major league debut, and scored
on a triple by Rollins.
Phillies starter Brett Myers gave up three runs, four hits and
four walks in four innings.
After Utley homered onto the concourse behind the overhang in
right-center leading off the second, Arizona took its first led
since a 6-2 win over Cincinnati on Aug. 20.
Gonzalez, the previous batter, beat out a roller to the mound.
But he turned toward second when Myers' throw got away from Howard
at first and then took his time returning to the bag. Utley ran
over from second, picked up the ball and threw it to Howard, who
tagged Gonzalez out in a blunder reminiscent of Luis Terrero
falling for a hidden-ball trick Aug. 10 at Florida.
"That's kind of a stupid rule, but I tried to sell it and tell
them I didn't go," Gonzalez said. "I did, I knew I did. It's like
telling a cop when you've got a speeding ticket, and you tell him
you didn't go over the speed limit and he's got you on radar."
Utley, a second-year player, also had a multihomer game May
5 at Milwaukee. ... The Phillies are 22-7 vs. the NL West. ...
Bulger gave up three runs and four hits, getting just two outs. ...
Abreu's homer was his 185th with the Phillies, tying Johnny
Callison for seventh.