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ARI@PHI: Bloomquist makes an over-the-shoulder grab

PHILADELPHIA -- This could not have happened in Arizona.

Yes, Ian Kennedy could have still turned in one of his poorest outings of the year.

True, the three hits the D-backs managed in their 4-1 loss on Thursday probably yields the same result, even if their National League Cy Young Award hopeful turns in a quality start.

The large black cloud that hovered over Citizens Bank Park and dumped enough rain to halt play for two hours and 17 minutes? Even if that does happen in Arizona, the retractable roof at Chase Field doesn't force Kennedy out of the game after three innings.

The 124th game of this surprising season will be remembered for the lengthy rain delay, which began when the Phillies were leading, 3-0, heading into the top of the fourth.

Neither Kennedy nor Phillies starter Vance Worley returned when play resumed, giving the D-Backs a glimpse of the Phillies' bullpen depth.

"Today was weird," said Kennedy, who was knocked out by Mother Nature for the first time in his professional career after just 60 pitches. "I don't even have to summarize that. Yeah, they scored three runs, but I could end up going seven innings, and you never know what can happen with Worley, but this is hard to take from this series. In my mind it's a split."

John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer off Kennedy after a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins in the third inning. Kennedy allowed three earned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four.

"I was trying to get it down and away, and it was just right down the middle," Kennedy said.

Kennedy had pitched a three-hit shutout against the Phillies back on April 25, in Arizona, but that was before Chase Utley and Hunter Pence became mainstays in the Phillies' lineup. This time he faced another favorable lineup thanks to the absence of Ryan Howard (sore hand), Shane Victorino (suspension) Carlos Ruiz (bruised testicle) and Placido Polanco (sports hernia), but Philadelphia's bench adequately filled in.

In the second, utility man Wilson Valdez doubled home Raul Ibanez, whose one-out double had hit off the top of the wall in left-center. That was too much to overcome, especially with just one extra-base hit, which was Paul Goldschmidt's second home run in as many days.

The loss concluded the first leg of a three-city road trip for the D-backs, who split the season series with the Phillies, 3-3.

"They shut us down," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We only had 11 hits in three games. We put no pressure on them. We were fortunate to win one of the games, to be honest with you."

Now it's on to Atlanta, where the D-backs will face another formidable pitching staff and playoff contender. Comments