PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Cody Asche led off the ninth with a single and went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single. Heath Bell (4-2) intentionally walked Michael Young to load the bases for Kevin Frandsen. After striking out Frandsen, Bell was lifted for left-hander Eury De La Rosa.
De La Rosa ran the count to 3-2 and Utley walked when the final pitch appeared to be a bit inside.
It was the fifth win in six games for the Phillies, who have won four of those contests in their last at-bat.
Darin Ruf homered for the second straight game for Philadelphia, which improved to 5-3 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Ruf has eight homers and 12 RBIs in 21 games this month.
Brewers 6, Reds 4
CINCINNATI — Khris Davis hit a pair of two-run homers in consecutive at-bats for the first multihomer game of his career, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Scooter Gennett also homered for Milwaukee, which won at Great American Ball Park for only the second time in seven games this season.
The Reds lost for only the fifth time in their last 17 games, a surge that has tightened the NL Central race. They came in a season-high 18 games over .500.
Rockies 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI — Ryan Wheeler hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth to help give the Colorado Rockies a win over the Miami Marlins.
Jhoulys Chacin (12-7) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings for the Rockies.
Adam Ottavino pitched the eighth and Lex Brothers picked up his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Rays 7, Yankees 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Chris Archer beat the New York Yankees for the third time, Evan Longoria hit one of four homers off Hiroki Kuroda and the Tampa Bay Rays topped their AL East rivals.
Jose Lobaton homered and drove in four runs in support of Archer (7-5), a 24-year-old right-hander who won twice earlier this season at Yankee Stadium, including a two-hit shutout on July 27. He gave up four hits over seven innings this time.
Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist also went deep for Tampa Bay, hitting solo shots off Kuroda (11-9), who tied a career high for homers allowed — the first given up by the Yankees starter in nearly two months.
The loss stopped a five-game winning streak for New York, which had won 10 of 12 to climb back into the AL playoff race.
Archer, who also won in New York on June 23, yielded a run-scoring single to Alfonso Soriano in the first inning and Brett Gardner’s triple and Robinson Cano’s RBI grounder in the sixth. In three starts against the Yankees, he’s allowed three runs, 12 hits and struck out 14 in 22 innings.
Alex Rodriguez, playing while appealing his 211-game suspension, was booed every time he came to the plate and went 0 for 4 with a strikeout for the Yankees.
Orioles 9, Athletics 7
BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts hit a grand slam, Adam Jones homered and had three RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics to gain ground in the wild-card race.
Roberts and Jones connected in a six-run fourth inning that put Baltimore up 6-3. After Oakland rallied to take the lead, Jones drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run seventh.
The victory moved the Orioles past Cleveland into third place in the wild-card hunt. Tampa Bay is on top and Baltimore now stands two games behind Oakland. The top two teams make the playoffs.
Twins 5, Indians 1
CLEVELAND — Samuel Deduno pitched six solid innings and Josh Willingham busted out of a slump with a two-run double in the seventh, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-1 win over Cleveland on Friday night, slowing the Indians’ climb toward a wild-card spot.
Deduno (8-7) allowed just one run and three hits for his first win since July 27 as the Twins continued to befuddle the Indians. Minnesota is 14-7 against Cleveland since last September.
Tigers 6, Mets 1
NEW YORK — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Torii Hunter also connected and the Detroit Tigers tagged Daisuke Matsuzaka early in his return to the majors, beating the New York Mets.
Hunter added a long, two-run double and Doug Fister (11-6) pitched into the seventh inning to help Detroit win the interleague series opener. Austin Jackson went deep for the second straight day for the AL Central leaders, back in New York after dropping two of three at Yankee Stadium two weeks ago.
The series resumes Saturday afternoon with a rematch of All-Star game starters at Citi Field: Max Scherzer puts his 18-1 record on the line against New York ace Matt Harvey in a nationally televised game.
The Mets said it’s the first time All-Star game starters will square off in a regular-season game during the same season, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
Minus two injured starters, the Mets signed Matsuzaka on Thursday to fill a hole in the rotation and immediately handed him a difficult assignment. Led by Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the Tigers began the night leading the majors in batting average and second in runs.