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Dylan Covey impresses in debut but Phils lose

Covey impresses in Phillies debut but lackluster lineup again in loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies got what they needed from the combination of pitchers Dylan Covey and Matt Strahm on Tuesday night but the lineup was lackluster again in a 4-3 Phillies loss.

Covey made his Phillies debut as the bulk reliever behind Strahm, who served as the opener. Strahm put the Phils in a two-run hole on Gabriel Moreno’s second-inning homer, and Covey allowed a single and an RBI triple to the first two batters he faced before settling in.

Covey pitched five innings, struck out six and allowed just that one run. Combined, the Phillies received a “quality start” from Covey and Strahm — seven innings, three runs. Any team will take that production from the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after loading the bases with one out, pushing runs across on a Kody Clemens fielder’s choice and pinch-hit RBI single from Alec Bohm.

The Diamondbacks immediately seized the lead again from Seranthony Dominguez, who allowed a double, walk and RBI single to the only three hitters he faced in the top of the eighth. Gregory Soto came in to put out the fire but Arizona was able to maintain its one-run lead.

The Phillies lost the series and are 22-26. They finish up with the Diamondbacks Wednesday at 1:05 pm and salvaging a game will not be easy against ace Zac Gallen (6-2, 2.95).

Ranger Suarez (0-1, 10.50) makes his third start of the season after exhibiting poor command in his first two.