The veteran right-hander will try to end years of frustration against the Diamondbacks when the Philadelphia Phillies continue their weekend series at Bank One Ballpark.
Lieber is 0-6 with a 7.08 ERA in six career starts against Arizona. He is 0-4 with a 10.80 ERA in four outings at Bank One Ballpark.
Lieber had a personal three-game winning streak snapped Monday after allowing five runs and nine hits over seven innings in a 5-0 loss at San Francisco. He had been 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his previous three outings.
“From the beginning I just didn’t have it,” Lieber said. “I was out of control.”
Lieber is 1-5 with a 6.07 ERA over his last eight road starts.
The Phillies maintained their 1 1/2 -game lead over Florida, Houston and the New York Mets in the race for the NL wild card with Friday’s 11-3 victory.
Bobby Abreu connected for his sixth career grand slam as Philadelphia used a six-run rally in the seventh inning to erase a 3-2 deficit. Chase Utley started the comeback with his second homer of the game.
Struggling leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in the eighth inning. Rollins is batting just .162 (16-for-99) in 23 games in August, but manager Charlie Manuel said he plans to keep him at the top of the batting order.
“When I jiggered around the lineup and looked at it, Jimmy fits in that leadoff hole,” Manuel said. “I don’t know who else I’d put up there. I considered putting (Kenny) Lofton up, but then I would drop Jimmy down to second if I did that. Jimmy’s a guy that can steal bags for us.”
The Diamondbacks gave up double-digit runs for the third time during their six-game losing streak. They gave up a total of 32 runs in losses to the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Brandon Webb, who will start Saturday for the Diamondbacks, is 0-6 with a 4.50 ERA over his last nine home starts, last winning at Bank One on May 4.
The 26-year-old right-hander pitched well his last time out, allowing three runs and five hits over eight innings in Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Mets. He settled down after surrendering a two-run double to Cliff Floyd in the first inning.
“I felt pretty good,” Webb said. “Coming out of the bullpen, I was pretty pumped up and to go out there and give up two runs early was a little bit shocking. I felt real good. After that I settled down.”
Webb is 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA in five career starts against Philadelphia.