PHOENIX (AP) — The postgame shower took a little longer for Mark Leiter Jr. He had assorted condiments to scrub away after a celebratory dousing from Philadelphia Phillies teammates in celebration of his first major league win Friday night.
Leiter was also in a hurry to greet his father, former big-leaguer Mark Sr., who was in attendance Friday night to see his son hold the slugging Arizona Diamondbacks to three hits over six scoreless innings. Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph both homered in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory.
Leiter struck out five with a walk in his first major league start after 12 relief appearances. He bested Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (6-7), who held the Phillies to a run and eight hits for 6 2/3 innings.
Philadelphia won its second straight after five straight losses, three from being swept in a series with Arizona at home last week.
“It’s something I’ll never forget. I think I was probably more excited for this than I was my major league debut,” Leiter said. “Trying to just trust myself and give my team the best chance I could to win and keep us in it as long as possible.”
The Diamondbacks had scored 26 runs in their previous two games, both wins, and had won nine of their previous 10 games before Friday. They didn’t score until Daniel Descalso’s one-out triple drove in Rey Fuentes from first base in the eighth inning.
Reliever Joaquin Benoit gave up the run, but escaped further damage when David Peralta lined out to shortstop Freddy Galvis for the second out. After a walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Benoit struck out Jake Lamb to end the inning.
“They made some good defensive plays late in the game. Obviously the line drive by Peralta was a crucial moment,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Franco’s solo shot came off Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth, an opposite-field home run to right that was Franco’s ninth of the season.
The Phillies scored four runs off Arizona reliever T.J. McFarland in the ninth. Two hits, including Howie Kendrick’s pinch-hit ground-rule double, led to Cameron Perkins’ sacrifice fly, and Kendrick scored on an error.
Joseph’s two-run homer landed in the pool beyond the right-field fence, his 12th of the season. Arizona lost for the just the 10th time in 36 home games.
Joseph knew the pool deck well. He had watched batting practice from there in his younger days growing up in the Phoenix area, and his home run was the first by a visiting player to land directly in the pool this season.
“That part of the ballpark is pretty deep out there,” Joseph said. “It’s definitely a good feeling and I’m happy to have some friends and family in the stands to enjoy it with me.”
Galvis’ one-out triple in the first eluded a diving attempt by Arizona right fielder Peralta, and Galvis trotted home on Aaron Altherr’s grounder.
The Phillies got strong relief from Pat Neshek, who struck out the side in his lone inning. Philadelphia ended a seven-game road losing streak.
The Diamondbacks optioned OF Jeremy Hazelbaker to Triple-A Reno after Friday’s game. He is hitting .318 (14-for-44) with a home run and six RBIs in 33 games in the majors this season.
THE LEITER SIDE
Leiter, whose father pitched for the Phillies in 1997 and 1998, became part of the 15th father-son duo in major league history to make a start for the same club, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Leiter is already half of the second father-son combination ever to play for Philadelphia, and the third Phillie to make his first career big-league start this season.
DELGADO BACK IN MIX
The Diamondbacks will pull RHP Randall Delgado back out of the bullpen and give him a start on Sunday against the Phillies. But it might only be a one-time situation so as to give Taijuan Walker, who’s spot Delgado is filling, some extra rest. Walker is not injured, Lovullo said.
Delgado had a rotation stint earlier this season and has made four starts.
Josh Jackson, Thursday’s first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft, and Haason Reddick, the Arizona Cardinals’ first-round pick in the NFL Draft this year, threw out ceremonial first pitches before Friday’s game. Jackson’s toss was well outside.
Phillies: RHP Casey Fien was placed on the 10-day DL with a right rotator cuff strain, with Leiter called up in a corresponding move. … Jerad Eickhoff (upper back strain) could miss more than one start, manager Pete Mackanin said. Eickhoff went on the DL June 20.
Diamondbacks: C-OF Chris Herrmann is dealing with a sore hand and got Friday off. He’s set to start on Saturday. … OF A.J. Pollock (groin strain) is scheduled to play in a rehab game on Sunday provided his workout goes smoothly on Saturday. … Reliever J.J. Hoover was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, and RHP Rubby De La Rosa was called up from Triple-A Reno on Friday. C Oscar Hernandez was designated for assignment.
Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (1-1, 3.33 ERA) will be making his second career start against Arizona on Saturday.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (7-3) is set to face the Phillies on Saturday. He is 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 55 strikeouts over his last six starts. He is 1-1 in his career against the Phillies.