Philadelphia (70-60) at Arizona (59-72)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 28, 2005
  • TV: ESPN
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Vicente Padilla will try for his third straight victory when the Philadelphia Phillies play the decisive game of their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Padilla has been stellar over his last 10 starts, posting a 2.38 ERA and allowing a meager 1.14 baserunners per inning. However, since the Phillies have been having problems scoring runs, Padilla is just 4-4 over that stretch. Philadelphia scored a collective four runs in those losses.

Philadelphia’s lead in the NL wild-card race took a hit Saturday as it lost 2-0 to Arizona, while Florida moved within a half-game of the top spot with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The Phillies fell to 3-2 on their 14-day, 12-game road trip.

Arizona has won just three of its last 14 games. The Diamondbacks have allowed more than 10 runs six times in that span, including twice in the previous three games. They had not shut out an opponent since July 28 against the Cubs in Chicago.

“It’s just a game that we needed to win just to get off this streak we’ve been in,” starter Brandon Webb said. “No matter how we won it, 10-9, whatever, we just rally needed to win a ballgame.”

Jon Lieber retired his first 14 batters and blanked the Diamondbacks on three hits through six innings. But in the seventh, Chad Tracy doubled with one out and Alex Cintron golfed a two-out fly ball barely over the glove of leaping right fielder Bobby Abreu for his third pinch-hit homer of the season.

On a 1-2 pitch, Lieber threw a slider low and inside going for the strikeout. The pitch was so low it almost bounced, Cintron said.

“I honestly don’t know how that ball went out,” he said.

Teammate Luis Gonzalez called it “a good 5-iron shot.”

“I made the pitch where I wanted to,” Lieber said. “He just put the bat right on the ball, Seriously, I thought it was a fly ball (out).”

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V. Padilla BOS vs. C. Vargas TOR
9-12 Record 9-9
4.71 ERA 5.24
103 K 95
74 BB 47
1.50 WHIP 1.46