Phillies try to cool Diamondbacks Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. remains one of the hottest hitters in the majors.

Gurriel had a home run, a double, two singles and two RBIs while extending his hitting streak to 15. Arizona DiamondbacksThe home team won 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies on Monday

Gurriel, who is coming off his eighth career plus-four game, will lead off Diamondbacks for his fourth straight win and ninth in 11 games when the Phillies again on Tuesday

The 15-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in the major leagues. During the streak, Gurriel is 25-for-60 (.417) with six doubles, seven home runs and 14 RBIs.

“Hitting is the hardest thing in baseball,” Gurriel said in a postgame interview with Bally Sports Arizona. “I just go up there and focus and try to do the best I can.”

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said, “He’s a great hitter and it’s fun to watch him approach.”

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Pavin Smith also hit a solo homer for Arizona, and Geraldo Perdomo added a two-run double.

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“We work together as a team,” Gurriel said. “For example, in my last at-bat, I was trying to put the ball in play and move the runner. That’s the way things are going right now.”

THE Diamondbacks on Tuesday, he will hand the ball over to Ryne Nelson (1-2, 5.48 ERA). The rookie right-hander has never faced a Phillies

In his last start, Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics, Nelson allowed one hit and no runs in 5 1/3 innings.

“This team is very resilient,” Nelson said after the 5-3 Arizona win did not factor into the decision. “We don’t back down from much. We always tend to fight back.”

After winning two of three over the weekend against the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies clashed in the opening a Diamondbacks and lost for the sixth time in eight games

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Kyle Schwarber and Bryson Stott both homered, but errors by Stott and Kody Clemens proved costly. Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler also failed to cover first base in the game.

“These are the mistakes we have to clean up as coaches” Phillies said manager Rob Thomson

Despite the error, Stott maintained his stellar attacking pace. He socked his fifth long ball of the season and extended his hitting streak to nine games.

“He had good at-bats, even against lefties,” Thomson said. “His bats against lefties are very good.”

Philadelphia’s Trea Turner had an RBI single in the seventh inning, snapping his 0-22 streak with hitters.

“I just have to keep grinding,” said Turner, who signed an 11-year, $300 million contract to join the team. Phillies in the off season. “We finished the game well but tomorrow is a new day and we will do it again.

After the game Phillies announced Matt Strahm (4-3, 2.73 ERA) will start Tuesday

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Strahm began the season as a starter due to injuries to Ranger Suarez and Andrew Painter.

Thomson said it’s uncertain how many innings Strahm will pitch.

Strahm is 2-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 20 career appearances (three starts) Diamondbacks

— Field Level Media