The Diamondbacks (41-26) started off their three-city, eight-game road trip with a two-game sweep of the Tigers, with both wins coming by one-run margins. They are 13-6 in one-run games -- tied with the Angels (13-9) for most one-run victories.
They have won four in a row and seven of their last eight to move to a season-best 15 games over .500. "We've got a lot of baseball to go," manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've put ourselves in a good position, and it's time to continue moving in the right direction."
The rebuilding Phillies (22-43) snapped an eight-game losing streak on Friday with a 1-0 victory over Boston. They have the worst record in the major leagues.
The D-backs swept four games from the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park last June, but the Phillies returned the favor by sweeping three games at Chase Field later that same month.
D-backs starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (5-6, 5.38 ERA)
Corbin survived a rocky first inning to pick up the win in last Thursday's 15-3 victory over San Diego. He gave up two first-inning runs before settling down and working 5 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits, three walks and three earned runs while striking out eight and did not surrender a home run for the first time in seven starts. In six previous outings, he surrendered 11 home runs and 31 earned runs in 31 innings.
"I thought I located everything a lot better than I have. I thought I made some good pitches there in the first and they end up scoring," Corbin said after beating the Padres. "I went back out there and made some good pitches, and the offense came up big later on."
He is 0-5 with a 9.00 ERA in five road starts this season, yielding a .357 batting average and eight home runs in 25 innings. His last road victory was 360 days ago -- on June 21, 2016, in Toronto.
Corbin is 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA in two career starts against Philadelphia but hasn't pitched against them since getting roughed up for nine runs on Aug. 25, 2013.
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Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (3-4, 4.40 ERA)
Nola took the loss against the Cardinals in his last start on Sunday, surrendering three runs on four hits over five innings. He walked two, struck out six, and all the runs scored on Dexter Fowler's fifth-inning home run.
Nola is 1-4 with a 4.34 in five starts since returning from a lower back strain that landed him on the disabled list.
It will be his second career start against the Diamondbacks. He was the winning pitcher on Aug. 12, 2015, despite giving up four runs and nine hits in five innings.
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Scouting the Phillies
Befitting their record, the Phillies rank near the bottom in virtually all offensive categories. They're hitting .242 as a team, with a .304 on-base percentage and .397 slugging.
Outfielder Aaron Altherr (.281, 11 home runs), first baseman Tommy Joseph (.264, 10 homers) and second baseman/outfield Howie Kendrick (.330) have been their most consistent offensive threats. On the flip side, outfielder Michael Saunders, who signed a $9 million free-agent contract this off-season, is in a 1-for-26 slump since the start of June and is hitting .200 for the season.
On the mound, their 4.94 team ERA ranks 28th of 30 teams. Their starters have a cumulative 5.13 ERA, in stark contrast to the D-backs major-league best mark of 3.49.
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Jake Lamb continues to lead the majors in RBI with 57 and could be in a good place to build up a cushion. He tortured the Phillies last season, going 13 for 28 (.464) with four home runs, two triples, one double and nine RBI in seven games. He is 9 for 17 with two homers in his career at Citizens Bank Park.
Paul Goldschmidt is tied for third in RBI (53) while leading the NL in runs (58) and on-base percentage (.448). Goldschmidt also leads the majors with a .425 average (31 for 73, 35 RBI) with runners in scoring position.
Brandon Drury was 5 for 8 with four RBi in the two games in Detroit, pushing his average to .297.