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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks had chances to win in the ninth inning , again in the 10th, and the next three innings after that.After all those chances and more than 4 1/2 hours of baseball, David Peralta finally ended it with his first walk-off home run.Peralta hit his second solo homer off the game off the top of the wall in the 14th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a two-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Monday night.“I always wondered what it felt like to hit a walk-off homer,” Peralta said. “It’s something you can’t even describe.”Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, leaving with a 2-0 lead.His chance at a fifth straight win came undone in the ninth.Peralta hit a one-out solo homer off Seranthony Dominguez, and Steven Souza Jr. followed Eduardo Escobar’s double with a tying single. Luis Garcia replaced Dominguez and walked two to load the bases, but got pinch hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out.Yoshihisa Hirano (3-2) didn’t allow a hit the final two innings, with Jorge Alfaro just missing a homer to right for the final out of the 14th.The Diamondbacks kept putting runners in scoring position, but failed getting that crucial hit until Peralta hit the first pitch he saw from Austin Davis (1-2) off the wall and out in left-center. Peralta was mobbed at the plate after ending the Phillies’ five-game winning streak with one swing.“This is the type of baseball we were used to playing last year, done it in spurts this year and couldn’t have come at a better time,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.Arrieta underwent a massive turnaround in July, going 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts after going 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in June.The right-hander is second in the NL at inducing groundball double plays with 19 and got another in the second inning to strand Escobar after a leadoff double.Arrieta was lifted after 110 pitches and seemingly in great position, only to watch it go up in smoke with the ninth-inning blowup.“He pitched great and we definitely strive to win baseball game like that for a starting pitcher who performs like Jake did,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.Arizona’s Zack Godley matched Arrieta nearly pitch for pitch until Odubel Herrera hit a run-scoring triple in the seventh inning and Jorge Alfaro followed with a sacrifice fly.Godley allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings.DOMINGUEZ’S STRUGGLESAfter Dominguez gave up the two runs in the ninth Roger Clemens Jersey , Kapler did not hesitate to bring him out. The right-hander has 12 saves this season, but has been struggling of late and Kapler didn’t want to take a chance the game would end in the ninth.“This is not his best. I am not blind,” Kapler said. “I understand the reality is he is not pitching his best right now, but we are not wavering in our confidence whatsoever. We can’t wait to get him back out on the mound because we understand how good he is and the talent will prevail.”YOSHI’S AT-BATIn the 13th inning, Lovullo faced a dilemma: Hirano was due up third, but Lovullo wanted him to come back to pitch the 14th to save his bullpen. Lovullo initially told Hirano not to swing, but then relented after the Japanese rookie pleaded.Hirano had yet to have an at-bat in the majors and was 2 for 21 during his career in Japan, but nearly won the game before grounding out, sending a flare to right that landed just foul with a runner on second base.“It would have been a monumental moment in Arizona Diamondbacks baseball,” Lovullo said. “The fact that he made contact is a miracle, but it speaks volumes about what these guys are trying to do.”TRAINER’S TABLEDiamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb is expected to have left shoulder surgery on Aug. 15 to repair a frayed rotator cuff. … Pollock did not start for the second straight game to rest his fatigued legs.UP NEXTDiamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke is coming off his first loss in nine starts heading into Tuesday’s game against the Phillies after giving up two runs in six innings of a loss to the San Francisco Giants. Phillies RHP Nick Pivetta allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings in his only career start against Arizona. MIAMI — When the New York Yankees visit the Miami Marlins on Tuesday for the start of a two-game series, much of the attention will be on the return of right fielder/DH Giancarlo Stanton.A four-time All-Star, Stanton starred for the Marlins last year, leading the league in homers (59) Justin Smoak Jersey , RBIs (132) and slugging percentage (.631). He was named the National League MVP after his incredible 2017 season and yet the Marlins dumped his huge contract this past winter, trading him to the Yankees for second baseman Starlin Castro and two prospects.Stanton, who is battling through hamstring pain, is expecting the unexpected in this brief series in Miami.Article continues below ...“Walking in and going to the visitors’ side of the dugout (at Marlins Park) will be weird,” Stanton said. “But I’m looking forward to it — (Miami) was a big part of my life. It will be a cool experience.”Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he expects this to be emotional for Stanton.“He’s going back to a city where he grew up in a lot of ways,” Boone said. “He came up through their system, made the major leagues and became the face of their franchise.“From what I’ve seen of him the past four or five months, I think he will handle it pretty well.”Stanton, whose OPS is down from a career-best 1.007 last year to .896 this season, is batting .285 with 26 doubles, 32 homers and 80 RBIs in 123 games.He is being relied on more than usual at the moment because the Yankees are without three injured starters who combined to hit 110 homers last season — catcher Gary Sanchez, shortstop Didi Gregorius and right fielder Aaron Judge.Sanchez (groin injury) could return by the end of this month. Judge (fractured right wrist) will be out until at least early September. Gregorius, who has a left-heel contusion, could return this week but likely not Tuesday.“There’s nothing broken , but he’s got a significant bruise,” Boone said of Gregorius. “There is swelling in there.”Perhaps those injuries might level the playing field a bit between the Yankees (78-46, second place in the American League East) and the Marlins (50-76, last place in the NL East).Tuesday’s pitching matchup features a battle of right-handers — rookie Pablo Lopez (2-3, 3.79 ERA) for the Marlins and veteran Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 4.03) for the Yankees.Lopez, 22, struggled in his most recent start, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Atlanta Braves.A 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Venezuela, Lopez has a respectable WHIP of 1.17 in his eight major-league starts.But since making his big-league debut on June 30 with a win over the New York Mets, Lopez has never had either three consecutive poor starts or three straight quality outings. What Lopez is or can be as a pitcher has yet to be determined.Tanaka, a 6-3, 215-pounder from Japan who turns 30 in November Aaron Sanchez Jersey , is much more established, posting a 61-32 record and a 3.62 ERA in five major-league seasons.He is one victory from his fifth consecutive double-figure-win season. Batters are hitting .232 against him this season, and his WHIP is 1.12.Tanaka has been much better on the road than at home this year, posting a 6-0 record and a 3.86 ERA when not inside Yankee Stadium. He is 3-4 with a 4.27 ERA at home.That could bode well for Tuesday’s start. However, Tanaka wants to reverse a trend that saw him dominate in July (2-0, 1.75 ERA) but struggle so far in August (0-3, 5.17 ERA in three starts).Watch out for Marlins first baseman Derek Dietrich on Tuesday. In six career at-bats against Tanaka, he is batting .667 with a home run and two RBIs.As for the Yankees’ lineup without their injured stars, expect second baseman Gleyber Torres to slide over to shortstop. Neil Walker will likely start at second base. Catcher Austin Romine has passed concussion protocol and should start behind the plate.New York’s outfield, left to right, could be Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Stanton.“I think we’ve responded well,” Stanton said when asked about the injuries. “It’s a good test for us to play well when we are not at our full potential. I think other guys will step up.”

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