PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rob Thomson took his first loss as interim manager and the Philadelphia Phillies ended a nine-game winning streak Sunday, falling 13-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Phillies lost for the first time since May 31, and Thomson was beaten for the first time since replacing Joe Girardi on June 3.
“Have to dust ourselves off and go get them tomorrow,” Thomson said.
Christian Walker had three hits and three RBIs, Jake McCarthy homered, and Ketel Marte and Alek Thomas each drove in two runs for Arizona, which finished a 10-game trip 4-6.
“We knew they were riding high,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “(Thomson) has them playing great baseball. We knew we’d have to play a really good game, perfect baseball. So it’s nice to come away with a victory.”
Thomson’s eight wins to start his managing tenure matched the most ever for a Phillies skipper and is second overall to Boston’s Joe Morgan, who won 12 straight in 1988.
The Phillies and their club-record $240 million payroll remained at .500 and are squarely in playoff contention. They began play third in the NL East, eight games behind the Mets and 2 ½ out of the final NL wild-card spot.
Their play Sunday looked more like how they ended the Girardi era, though.
Phillies pitchers walked 11 Diamondbacks and hit another, and their batters struck out 13 times. It got so bad that backup catcher Garrett Stubbs pitched the ninth.
“It was a tough day,” Thomson said. “That’s not a recipe for success. But at the end of the day, we won the series and we have to move on to tomorrow.”
The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with no outs after Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm couldn’t get an out on Marte’s routine grounder to third. Instead of tagging Jordan Luplow…