Associated Press - Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson moved Miguel Montero down to eighth in the lineup, hoping it would give him a spark, playing a hunch that he might come up in a big situation. He was right on both counts.
Hitting before the pitcher for the first time in two years, Montero hit a tiebreaking homer off the right foul pole in the eighth inning, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
The Diamondbacks struggled most of the night against Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd, managing two hits off him in 6 2/3 innings. They came through when he went out, though, scoring on a run in the seventh when Martin Prado broke a 29 at-bat hitless streak with runners in scoring position, then taking the lead when Montero hit the first pitch thrown by Mike Adams (1-3) in the eighth that curled toward the foul pole in right and just caught it.
Tony Sipp (2-1) got two outs in the eighth inning and David Hernandez worked out of a jam in the ninth for his first save, sending Arizona to its sixth win in seven games.