PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Carlos Quentin talked like a modest rookie,
saying he would do anything to help Arizona win.
The Phillies' Chase Utley had another two hits, both home runs, to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. Utley has had two or more hits in 15 of the 25 games and has a batting average of .398 (43-for-108) during the streak.
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On Tuesday night, his contribution was the winning home run in
Quentin's solo homer in the 11th gave Arizona a 6-5 victory over
the Philadelphia Phillies and kept the Diamondbacks in the thick of
the NL West race.
"I just happened to put a good swing on it," Quentin said.
Quentin hit his third homer of the season leading off the inning
against Ryan Franklin (1-5), the seventh Phillies pitcher. The
Phillies walked 11 batters and starter Ryan Madson tied a major
league record with four wild pitches in one inning.
Ramon Pena (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first
major league win.
Chase Utley hit two homers and extended his hitting streak to 25
games for the Phillies. His second homer of the game tied the score
in the ninth inning and bailed out All-Star closer Tom Gordon, who
allowed an inherited runner to score the tying run in the eighth
and then gave up a go-ahead, unearned run in the ninth.
Quentin stole second after Gordon relieved Arthur Rhodes with
two outs in the eighth. Jeff DaVanon's pinch-hit triple to left
tied the score at 4. Gordon then walked the next two batters to
load the bases before retiring Luis Gonzalez on a grounder.
But Gordon couldn't escape a second bases loaded jam in the
ninth. Chad Tracy walked to open the inning and Johnny Estrada
singled. Shawn Green lined a one-hopper off second baseman Utley's
glove to load the bases.
"The last couple of outings it seems like I've been forcing the
ball," Gordon said. "I haven't been able to get my breaking ball
Gonzalez added a solo homer for the Diamondbacks, who opened a
10-game road trip 1½ games behind San Diego in the NL West.
"If you wait a few days and blink your eyes, it could flip,"
manager Bob Melvin said. "It's going to go down to the wire in
Quentin, Arizona's second pick in the first round of the 2003
draft and the 29th overall selection, is 5-for-14 with three homers
and seven RBI in five games since he was called up last week.
"I'll do anything I can do to help this team win," he said.
"He left one over the plate and I put a pretty good swing on it."
The Diamondbacks could only score one run against Madson in the
third inning when the right-hander ran into trouble throwing the
ball into Lieberthal's mitt.
Madson became the first National Leaguer to throw four wild
pitches in an inning since Atlanta's Phil Niekro in 1979. At least
he had the knuckleball as an excuse.
Madson allowed a leadoff double in the third inning to Gonzalez,
who scored after the right-hander threw two wild pitches to cut the
lead to 3-2. Tracy followed with a single and also advanced two
bases on two wild pitches, but was left stranded.
Walter Johnson threw four wild pitches in one inning for
Washington in 1914 and Anaheim's Kevin Gregg was the last to do it
in 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Madson has 10 wild pitches this season. Arizona's Miguel
Batista, who started against Madson, threw one in six innings and
leads the league with 12.
The Phillies record for a game was five wild pitches set by Ken
Howell on April 5, 1989, at Chicago. Madson didn't get a chance to
tie that mark in his four-plus innings. He was pulled after loading
the bases in the fifth inning and failing to retire a batter.
"Madson didn't have his command," Phillies manager Charlie
But Aaron Fultz bailed Madson out of the jam. The left-hander
got they lefty Green to strike out, then coaxed Quentin into a
groundball double play to end the threat.
Coming off his first shutout in two years, Batista failed in his
bid to win his fourth straight decision. He allowed four runs,
struck out six and walked three in six innings
Gonzalez hit his ninth homer into the front row of the
right-field seats off Rheal Cormier in the eighth to make it 4-3.
Gonzalez hit his 528th career double, tying for 29th on the
list with Frank Robinson and Cap Anson. ... Rick Ankiel of the St.
Louis Cardinals threw five wild pitches in a division series
playoff game against Atlanta in 2000. ... Utley, who had a two-run
homer in the first, has nine career multihomer games, four this
season. ... Jason Grimsley was the last Phillies pitcher with four
wild pitches in a game on April 15, 1991. ... RF Bobby Abreu's
first-inning walk was the 946th of his Phillies career, tying him
for second with Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt on the team's
career list. ... Phillies LHP Randy Wolf, sidelined with ligament
reconstructive surgery since last July, made his final
rehabilitation for Class-A Lakewood. He will start a game in
Sunday's doubleheader against Florida.