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Phils lose chance to widen wild-card lead

PHOENIX (AP) -- Shawn Green seemed to have a little more pop in
his bat during batting practice Sunday.

"He said he's got another mouth to feed. He was on a salary
drive," Arizona manager Bob Melvin joked.

Green, gone for two days for the birth of his daughter, returned
to hit a grand slam and the Diamondbacks won their first series in
nearly a month by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 10-5 Sunday
night.

Troy Glaus added a three-run homer to help Arizona take two of
three from the Phillies and end a string of seven consecutive
series losses since taking three of four from the Cubs in Chicago
from July 28-31.

Immediately after the game, Green grabbed a charter flight to
return to his family in Newport Beach, Calif. He will rejoin the
team for its game in San Diego on Monday night.

"Nobody would have said a word if he'd stayed one more day with
his wife and daughter," Glaus said. "But he wanted to come back,
and he contributed in a big way."

Pat Burrell hit his 25th and 26th home runs for Philadelphia,
both of them solo shots. Ryan Howard and Mike Lieberthal also hit
solo home runs, but the Phillies blew a chance to widen their lead
in the wild-card chase. All four teams chasing them also were
beaten Sunday. Florida remained the closest, a half-game back.

"That was a big chance for us today," manager Charlie Manuel
said. "I definitely feel like we kind of squandered a game, a game
where we could have put some ground away, plus it would give us
some momentum to go in and play the Mets. Yeah, tonight's game,
that gets to me."

The Mets, 1½ games back in the wild card race, open a three-game
series at home against Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Burrell wasn't buying into the talk of a wasted opportunity.

"It's fortunate that they all didn't win. That's the way I look
at it," he said. "We just didn't play a very good game today."

Green was 3-for-5, Glaus was 2-for-3. Each scored three times.

With the score tied at 2, Philadelphia's Vicente Padilla walked
the bases loaded in the third, then Green hit a 2-0 pitch into the
opposite field seats in left for his ninth career slam.

The home run was the 20th for Green, who had missed the last two
games to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter Chandler
Rose. Glaus hit his 28th home run, off reliever Rheal Cormier, in
Arizona's four-run seventh.

The Diamondbacks have won two in a row after dropping a
season-high six straight.

"We've had plenty of periods this year where we didn't play
very well," Melvin said, "but we just keep after it."

Philadelphia had cut it to 6-4 in the top of the seventh.
Lieberthal led off with a first-pitch homer, then Tomas Perez
walked and Jimmy Rollins singled to put runners on first and third
and end the night for starter Claudio Vargas.

Pinch hitter Jason Michaels brought home Perez with a sacrifice
fly before lefty Buddy Groom got Chase Utley to fly out and fanned
Bobby Abreu looking to end the inning.

But in the Arizona half of the inning, Luis Gonzalez drew a
one-out walk, Tony Clark singled, then Glaus hit a 2-2 pitch into
the swimming pool area in right center and it was 9-4. Later in the
inning, Connor Jackson's sacrifice fly brought in Green, who had
singled, to make it 10-4.

Vargas (8-7) improved to 8-4 since Arizona claimed him off
waivers from Washington. He allowed four runs on seven hits in
six-plus innings. Padilla (7-12) lasted just three innings. He gave
up six runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two.

Arizona turned potential trouble into a double play in the sixth
when shortstop Royce Clayton scooped up an errant throw from the
first baseman Clark. Clayton tagged second, then threw back to
Clark for the second out. Philadelphia third baseman David Bell
robbed Clayton with a diving stop to his left leading off the
seventh.

Game notes
Burrell had his third multi-homer game of the season. ...
The Phillies committed three errors to fall into a tie with Atlanta
for fewest in the majors at 66. ... To make room for newly acquired
OF Michael Tucker, Philadelphia placed RHP Cory Lidle on the 15-day
DL with a strained left oblique muscle, retroactive to Thursday.
... Tucker struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ... Even
though they are 12 games under .500, the Diamondbacks are only 5½
games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West. The Diamondbacks
begin a three-game road series against the Padres on Monday.