Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
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Arizona at Philadelphia
When: 7:05 PM ET, Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Phillies have raced off to their best home start since 1964 while the Arizona Diamondbacks' 15-6 overall mark matches their best 21-game start in franchise history. Winners of four in a row and 13 of 16 overall, the Phillies (14-7) vie for their eighth straight win at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday when they play the opener of a three-game set against the Diamondbacks.

"It's a different atmosphere when you are winning. That's for sure. We'll just try to keep this rolling and we'll keep battling," said Aaron Altherr, who helped Philadelphia record its first four-game sweep of Keystone State-rival Pittsburgh since 1994 when he plated Andrew Knapp with the winning run in the 11th inning of Sunday's 3-2 triumph. Odubel Herrera has reached base in a career-best 23 straight games overall and is 5-for-12 in his career versus Tuesday starter Robbie Ray. Like the Phillies, the Diamondbacks have been sitting pretty of late and became the first National League team since San Francisco (2003) to win their first seven series of a season with a 4-2 victory over San Diego on Sunday. Arizona has enjoyed success in the City of Brotherly Love, winning seven straight contests by a combined score of 37-14.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks LH Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.98 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (1-2, 3.80)

Ray received his second straight no-decision on Wednesday despite yielding two runs and striking out nine in six innings versus San Francisco. The 26-year-old was taken deep for the second consecutive outing and fifth time this season while issuing three walks to increase that total to 14 in 21 2/3 innings. Ray owns a 2-1 mark and 4.56 ERA in four career outings versus Philadelphia.

Velasquez has answered a season-opening dud with three straight quality starts, although his last outing resulted in a 7-3 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday despite allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. The 25-year-old has thrown six or more frames in his last three starts after lasting that long only five times over the entire 2017 season. Paul Goldschmidt has multi-hit performances in back-to-back contests overall and is 2-for-2 in a small sample size versus Velasquez, who has limited the rest of Arizona's roster to going 2-for-21 with 13 strikeouts against him.

WALK-OFFS

1. Arizona CF A.J. Pollock is 5-for-16 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored during his four-game hitting streak.

2. Philadelphia starting pitchers have permitted three runs or fewer in each of their last 12 outings.

3. Diamondbacks RF David Peralta is 0-for-8 with two strikeouts on the heels of a six-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Arizona 15-6 W2 9-3 6-3 0-0 2-1 13-5 0-0
Philadelphia 14-7 W4 9-1 5-6 4-7 7-0 0-0 3-0
Last Meeting
Arizona Philadelphia
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/26/17 PHI 1 ARI 6 .303 1 .834 .156 0 .406
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona N/A
Philadelphia N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona N. Ahmed 0 0 0
Philadelphia J. Alfaro 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 0.00 .000 0
Philadelphia 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona D. Peralta .310 22 .852
Philadelphia O. Herrera .329 26 .825
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona A. Pollock 5 12 16
Philadelphia R. Hoskins 4 15 19
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 2.75 .225 210
Philadelphia 3.05 .230 182