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Phillies use three homers to outslug D-backs

PHOENIX — The Phillies had reached a point where they hoped five meaningless ninth-inning runs in a loss Monday could propel them to greater things.

They hope Tuesday is a continuation of that first step.

The Phillies hit three home runs on their way to an 8-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The win put the Phillies in position to finish their 10-game road trip through San Francisco, San Diego and Arizona at 5-5 with a victory in the series finale against the D-backs on Wednesday afternoon.

Considering the way the road trip looked and felt at times, they would happily take a .500 mark.

The Phillies jumped on Josh Collmenter — who stepped on the mound with an 0-1 record and a 10.22 ERA — tagging him for nine hits and six runs in six-plus innings.

It started in the fourth inning. Manager Charlie Manuel had a hunch to play Pete Orr, and Orr rewarded him with a leadoff single. Hunter Pence, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a bruised left rotator cuff, followed two batters later with a two-run home run to right field to hand the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The homer snapped an 0-for-16 slump for Pence, and gave the Phils only their second home run with runners on base this season.

They hit their third three batters later, when Ty Wigginton doubled to left field and Laynce Nix crushed a two-run homer to right field to make it 4-0.

The Phillies kept things going in the seventh. Nix and Brian Schneider both singled and advanced a base with Placido Polanco’s sacrifice bunt. Juan Pierre hit a flare into shallow left field. D-backs left fielder Jason Kubel made a nice sliding catch, but second-base umpire Angel Hernandez incorrectly ruled that Kubel trapped the ball, loading the bases.

Orr tripled to right field to clear the bases to make it 7-1.

Shane Victorino homered in the eighth to make it 8-4.

Phillies right-hander Vance Worley allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out six in six innings. But right-hander Jose Contreras, who was pitching back-to-back days for the first time since June 9-10 last season, allowed three runs in the seventh inning to cut the Phillies’ lead to three.