100th Homeruns Aside, Arizona Diamondbacks Lose Momentum in Weekend Series

A weekend full of high hopes ended on a low note for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost a three-game series to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. In a two-steps-forward, one-step-back kind of situation, the D-backs moved within two games of the NL West leaders on Friday, but after losing the next two, they are now four games behind San Francisco.

On Friday night, Justin Upton cracked his 100th homerun (not long before his older brother, B.J., accomplished the same feat) in a 4-2 win to kick off the series. From there, the D-Backs' four-game hot streak met a dampening end in the form of two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, the Phillies' right-handed ace. Still, Saturday's 0-3 loss must have been easier to bear than the 4-5 defeat on Sunday night, cinched by Ryan Howard's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

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Lauren Saria
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