Brandon Phillips picked up a huge hit Friday to put his hitless streak to rest.
Phillips hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning of the Indians’ 6-3 win on Friday, snapping an 0-for-29 slide. It was his first hit and first RBI since May 26.
“It was about time I got a hit,” he said. “Eventually, I just went out there and tried to put the bat on the ball, and the next thing you know I got a hit.”
Phillips, whose batting average had shrunk to .198 coming into Friday’s game, sat out Thursday for just the fourth time this season.
Patterson, a 25-year-old righty, has lost in each of his first three starts this season, never giving up fewer than four runs.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 10 GB, AL Central. Diamondbacks - 4th place, 9 1/2 GB, NL West.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Anderson (3-5, 4.79 ERA). Anderson gave up two earned runs and five hits over six innings in Monday’s 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. The 31-year-old lefty has never faced the Diamondbacks, whom he pitched for from 1998-2002.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Patterson (0-3, 9.00 ERA). Patterson gave up four earned runs and eight hits over five innings in Monday’s 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. He has never faced the Indians.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .339 avg.; Matt Lawton, 7 HRs; Burks, 28 RBIs; Omar Vizquel, 37 runs and 7 SBs. Diamondbacks - Gonzalez, .305 avg., 12 HRs, 39 RBIs and 36 runs; Craig Counsell and Tony Womack, 5 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Indians - 1-3. Diamondbacks - 2-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - SS Vizquel stole his 298th career base Friday. … CF Bradley sat out Friday’s game as a precaution after straining his lower abdomen Thursday. … OF Gerut, Bradley’s replacement, extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games. Diamondbacks - OF David Dellucci, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game, was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Friday’s game. OF Hammock was called up to replace him. … CF Steve Finley missed his second straight start because of a cramped hamstring. … RHP Oscar Villarreal, struck on the lower left shin by a hit on Thursday night, walked on crutches with a pressure bandage on his ankle Friday but remained day-to-day. An MRI revealed no bone damage but a severe bruise.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 10-21 on the road; Diamondbacks - 16-18 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL. Diamondbacks - LHP Johnson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Webb (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL; OF Dellucci (concussion), 15-day DL; RHP Villarreal (shin), day-to-day.