Velasquez pitches Phillies past D-Backs

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Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jean Segura throws to first base to complete the double play after forcing out sliding Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Christian Walker in the fourth inning at Chase Field. -- MARK J. REBILAS-USA TODAY SPORTS

PHOENIX — Vince Velasquez pitched seven solid innings in his longest outing of the season, Scott Kingery homered and the Philadelphia Phillies opened a three-game series with a 7-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Phoenix.

Velasquez (4-6) gave up two runs and six hits, striking out three and walking two. His longest outing of the season in 13 previous starts was six innings on April 14.

The right-hander labored a bit at the end, walking Nick Ahmed with two outs in the seventh and falling behind Carson Kelly 2-0 before getting him to line out to left-center field, where Adam Haseley made a nice running catch. Kingery doubled and hit his 14th home run of the season.

Six Phillies had two hits and five drove in runs, including Roman Quinn, whose eighth-inning single drove in Haseley from third for a 6-2 lead.

Arizona got within 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth on David Peralta’s RBI single. Eduardo Escobar followed with a single to bring the potential tying run to the plate with one out, but Christian Walker struck out, and pinch hitter Tim Locastro flied out to right.

The Phillies added a run in the ninth on a walk, stolen base, throwing error and wild pitch.

Phillies closer Hector Neris worked around a one-out error in the ninth in a non-save situation by inducing a double-play grounder.

Philadelphia also helped itself by turning double plays in the third, fourth, fifth and ninth innings.

Velasquez started one in the fifth after Arizona began the inning with back-to-back singles. He pounced off the mound on a sacrifice bunt attempt by pitcher Merrill Kelly, fired to third for a force, with Kingery throwing to first for the double play.

Kelly (7-12) allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four. He is 0-6 in his past nine starts.

Ketel Marte tripled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on a groundout to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia evened the score in the second on Kingery’s home run.

The Phillies went up 3-1 in the third inning. J.T. Realmuto got jammed but drove in a run with a soft RBI double down the left-field line, and Jean Segura followed with an RBI single that Marte misplayed in center field, letting the ball drop in front of him. — Reuters