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Diamondbacks Even the Series After Another Late-Inning Comeback in Game 4

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The Answerbacks did it again! When all hope looked lost, the young kids, Gabriel Moreno and Alek Thomas, came up clutch in a three-run eighth inning. The series is now tied.

This game started exactly how you want for the Diamondbacks. Emmanuel Rivera hit an RBI single in the second inning, then Gabriel Moreno hit an RBI single in the third to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. They had other chances to score but could not take advantage of it. Ketel Marte also kept his hitting streak alive. 

The pitching started fantastic also. The combination of Joe Mantiply, Luis Frias, and Kyle Nelson pitched three scoreless innings. Then it all came crashing down. Kyle Nelson allowed a solo homer to Kyle Schwarber in the fourth. Then Miguel Castro allowed a Brandon Marsh RBI double in the fifth to tie the game at two a piece.

Manager Torey Lovullo turned to Andrew Saalfrank, that great rookie who has been fantastic in the postseason. He fell back to earth. He walked the first three batters in the sixth for Alec Bohm. Lovullo would take Saalfrank out of the game for Ryan Thompson. He would induce a soft grounder from Bohm, and all Emmanuel Rivera had to do was throw home for the force out—lousy throw. Schwarber and Turner both come in to score. Thompson would finish the inning, but it was now 4-2.

Then Ryan Thompson would allow a triple to Johan Rojas in the seventh. After an intentional walk to Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner hit a sacrifice fly to get the Phillies up 5-2.

The Diamondbacks had a major threat in the 7th. Christian Walker took a bases-loaded walk from Orion Kerkering to bring the score within two. Pavin Smith, however, couldn’t get a clutch hit, and the Diamondbacks only got one to make the score 5-3.

The Phillies, trying to hold their lead, turned to the pitcher who blew it last night, Craig Kimbrel. He immediately gave up a double to Lourdes Gurriel, and two batters later, Alek Thomas sent a ball to the seats to tie the game at 5.

Kimbrel was immediately pulled for Jose Alvarado. Alvarado immediately gave up a single to Gabriel Moreno to take the lead 6-5.

It all came down to Paul Sewald in the ninth. He struck out Alec Bohm for out number one. He struck out Jake Cave for out number two. Then Kyle Schwarber lined a double to right field. He would be on second for the hottest hitter in baseball, Trea Turner. It didn’t matter. Paul Sewald struck Turner out to end the game.

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