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Gibson on Collmenter's start, missed chances

PHOENIX -- Tuesday was another frustrating night for the Arizona Diamondbacks and right-handed pitcher Josh Collmenter.

Collmenter threw the ball better than he had in his previous starts and the D-backs had a decent approach offensively against the Phillies, but the result was an 8-5 loss at Chase Field.

The D-backs thought they had some momentum coming into the game after back-to-back wins against the Braves and Phillies, including a nine-run outburst Monday.

"We would like to have kept some of what we had going on last night and the day before, but they came out swinging today and put up plenty of runs up there," D-backs left fielder Jason Kubel said. "We started coming back late, but just too late and it wasn't enough."

Collmenter cruised through the first three innings, and it appeared that after a rough spring and beginning to the regular season, he had finally figured things out.

Then in a flash, the Phillies led 4-0.

Hunter Pence got the Phillies going in the fourth when he blasted a two-run homer for the game's first runs.

One out later, Ty Wiggington doubled and Lance Nix followed with a two-run homer to right.

"I was waiting for us to get some hits, and we did that tonight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We hit some balls good, we hit some balls hard. The game seemed a little different, didn't it? We had some guys swing the bats good."

Collmenter, though, settled down after the fourth to keep the Phillies off the board in the fifth and sixth innings.

"I knew that I had to go out there and give the team a couple more innings," Collmenter said. "You give up four with our team, there's a lot of times you're going to get a chance to win, so if I could keep it there, we could crawl back into the game."

The D-backs tried to do that as Cody Ransom led off the fifth frame with a home run. Arizona went on to put runners at first and second for Justin Upton, but Phillies starter Vance Worley was able to get Upton to bounce out to end the threat.

Things began to unravel for Arizona in the seventh.

A pair of hits to start the inning sent Collmenter to the showers, and after Bryan Shaw retired the first batter he faced, Juan Pierre hit a blooper to left. Kubel made a sliding attempt at the ball, and television replays showed he caught it.

Second-base umpire Angel Hernandez, though, ruled it a trap and the bases were loaded.

Kubel immediately argued, and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson also came out to no avail.

"You guys saw it, I don't need to say anything," Kubel told reporters. "I wouldn't be flipping out if I knew it bounced."

Said Gibson: "I thought he caught it, that's what I saw. I didn't see the replay. I went out there and asked Angel. He said he saw it hit the ground. That's what he saw, what am I going to say? We have to overcome it, and we were unable to do that."

Pete Orr promptly unloaded the bases with a triple to right, and the Phillies pushed their lead to 7-1.

With Worley at 110 pitches, Jose Contreras came on to pitch in the seventh, and the D-backs were able to mount a three-run rally to pull to within 7-4.

"They were pretty good up there today," Worley said. "They fouled the pitches off that they needed to. The stuff I wanted them to swing and miss at, they took. They are very patient." Comments