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Originally Published: June 30, 2016 12:12 a.m.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks appeared to be ready for a run back into playoff contention after a successful road trip that included a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.
A trip back home turned out to be just what they didn’t need.
The Diamondbacks blew a late three-run lead and were swept at home by the Phillies for the first time in 10 years after a 9-8 loss in 10 innings on Wednesday.
“We felt really good coming home from the road trip, the way we were playing,” Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley said. “We are still grinding. We are still trying to put it together.”
Arizona went 7-3 on a trip that included a sweep of the Phillies, but returned home to struggle again at Chase Field, where they are 13-28.
Jake Lamb hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Diamondbacks took a 7-4 lead on Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run double in the seventh. Daniel Hudson struggled in the eighth and the Phillies scored four runs to take the lead back.
The Diamondbacks fought back in the bottom half, tying it on Jean Segura’s infield single, but they allowed Jeanmar Gomez (3-2) to escape a jam in the ninth.
Peter Bourjos, who earlier had a two-run homer, hit a two-out single off Silvino Bracho (0-2) in the 10th and moved to third on Cody Asche’s single. Pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel followed with a line drive to right field for a sacrifice fly and the go-ahead run.
Brett Oberholtzer gave up a one-out single in the 10th, but got the final two for his first career save.
Asche had three RBIs, Cesar Hernandez finished with four of Philadelphia’s 17 hits and the Phillies won for the fourth time in five games.
“When we left Philly, we became a different team,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “I’m hoping we can take this momentum and build on it.”
Phillies starter Zach Eflin struggled early before settling into a rhythm.
Lamb, who hit a solo homer in Tuesday’s loss to the Phillies, hit his ninth homer in June in the first inning off the rookie right-hander, a three-run shot to center.
Segura added a sacrifice fly in the second inning, but Eflin retired 10 of the next 11 batters.
Eflin allowed four runs — three earned — six hits and struck out three in six innings.
“I felt good,” Eflin said. “After the first and second innings, I was really locked in, pitching inside and keeping them guessing.”
Bradley was sharp in his previous two starts, allowing a run in 11 innings.
The right-hander gave up more than that in the first inning against the Phillies, when Bourjos hit a towering two-run homer to left.
Eflin hit a leadoff double against Bradley in the fifth inning for his first major league hit and later scored his first run on Asche’s double that pulled Philadelphia to 4-3.
Bradley allowed three runs and eight hits and struck out four in six innings.
“Minus the first two batters of the game,” he said. “I was able to settle in and get through six and leave with us having the lead.”
Seven of Lamb’s last nine homers have either tied the game or put Arizona ahead. ... The Phillies swept Arizona for first time at Chase Field since a three-game series June 5-7, 2006. ... Bourjos is hitting 24 for 51 his last 17 games. ... Arizona’s Michael Bourn has at least two hits in four of his past six games after going 4 for 5.
Phillies: Top prospect Mark Appel, the first overall pick in the 2013 draft by Houston, is out for the season after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.
Diamondbacks: Arizona had no update on Zack Greinke a day after the right-hander strained his left oblique and left after two innings against the Phillies. Manager Chip Hale said the team should have a better idea by Friday.
Phillies: Jeremy Hellickson could be making one of his last starts for Philadelphia against Kansas City on Friday with contending teams expected to be interested in the right-hander at the trade deadline.
Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller will be making his first start at Chase Field since May 18, and third overall since returning from the DL (sprained right index finger) when he faces the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.