In one of the Arizona Diamondbacks' most improbable comebacks of the season, newly acquired first baseman Lyle Overbay ripped a two-run, ninth-inning triple off the Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay to give the D-Backs a 3-2 lead on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Ballpark. Halladay, as usual, had been dominant, striking out 12 batters up to that point and giving up only one run on six hits and no walks.
J.J. Putz would shut down the Phillies in the bottom of the ninth and preserve the win for the D-Backs, who won their seventh-straight game and moved to 3.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West playoff race. Shortly after Putz and the D-Backs sealed the deal (the team's league-leading 35th come-from-behind win of the year), the Giants lost to the Braves in extra innings. Yet another stat to consider when looking at the magnitude of this win: The Phillies had been 66-1 when leading after eight innings.
The veteran Overbay had been released by the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month and appeared to be out of a playing job for the rest of the season, if not forever. But when Xavier Nady broke his hand recently, the D-Backs picked up Overbay to help them down the stretch. Manager Kirk Gibson gave Overbay his first start as a D-Back on Tuesday, and Overbay answered with a 3-for-4 performance, which included driving in all three D-Back runs.
D-Backs starting pitcher Josh Collmenter turned in another fine performance, keeping the D-Backs in the game against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Collmenter's only mistake was a two-run home run to Shane Victorino in the fifth inning. Collmenter went 6.2 innings and struck out a career-high eight batters. He lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.47.
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The D-Backs will shoot for eight wins in a row and the series win tonight against the Phillies, who still own the best record in the major leagues. Arizona will send Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.76 earned-run average) to the mound to face another Phillies ace, Cliff Lee (12-7, 2.83, 177 strikeouts in 172 innings pitched). Game time is 4:05 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Net. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.