Hoskins and Schwarber lead opportunistic Phillies in 8th straight win originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Make a mistake against the Phillies right now and they’ll make you pay.
The Phils won their eighth straight game Friday night, downing the Diamondbacks 7-5 in front of 37,423 fans at Citizens Bank Park.
They appeared to put the game out of reach in the second inning, when they scored five times off of D-backs ace Zac Gallen, three on Kyle Schwarber’s 16th homer of the year. But Arizona made it interesting with four runs in the seventh to briefly turn it into a one-run game.
Schwarber over his last 10 games has 6 homers, 12 RBI and 12 runs. His second-inning longball was preceded by a sharp ground ball by catcher Garrett Stubbs with one out and runners on the corners. The ball simply went under second baseman Ketel Marte’s glove and into right-center, scoring a run and putting runners back on the corners with one out. Had Marte gloved it cleanly, it could have been an inning-ending double play and a completely different tone to the night.
Instead, the Phillies caught a break, took full advantage and broke the game wide enough open to survive late stumbles by Kyle Gibson and Brad Hand.
“That’s what happens when you’re going good,” said interim skipper Rob Thomson, who begins his managerial career 7-0. “When you’re not going good, the next guy pops out and then a strikeout and you’re out of the inning. But we’ve been taking advantage of those situations for sure lately.”
Rhys Hoskins, who started the scoring with a first-inning homer to center, provided crucial insurance with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the seventh. Hoskins is up to 11 homers on the season. Responding in that moment was important after Arizona had seized momentum.
Connor Brogdon and Corey Knebel finished it off with scoreless innings.
“It feels like we’ve done it a few times in this little streak that we’ve had,” Hoskins said of the tack-on runs. “It’s huge. They kinda captured the…