“This is where home-court advantage comes up, where we’ve been playing the right way all season,” second-year swingman Jaylen Brown said. “This is where playing the right basketball all year long is going to come to a benefit. Game 7, a lot of people haven’t experienced it on this team. It’s crazy, and I expect nothing short of a tremendous performance from everybody.”
Daniel Descalso and Jarrod Dyson also homered for the Diamondbacks, who upped their NL-best record to 16-6.
Ray was lifted after 107 pitches with two outs in the fifth and couldn’t earn the victory. He gave up three runs and five hits and walked three while raising his strikeout total to 43 in 26 1/3 innings.
Fernando Salas (3-1) pitched an inning of relief for the victory.
The loss snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game home winning streak, and was just the club’s second loss in 11 games at Citizens Bank Park. A win would’ve given the Phillies their best home start in the franchise’s 134-year history.
“We’ll come back tomorrow and be ready to roll,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.
Arizona has won eight consecutive games at Philadelphia.
“We’re just a team that goes out day by day no matter who the opponent and does our best to perform,” Lovullo said. “We know the Phillies are a quality team. Their record isn’t a fluke and they’re playing with a lot of energy.”
Chris Peters, NHL prospects writer: I’m going with Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban. In Nashville’s first-round series, no Predator played more minutes 5-on-5 than Subban. He had three assists but also got some heavy doses of Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon. Winnipeg is a matchup nightmare because of its overall forward depth, so Subban can be an equalizing force when he’s at the top of his game. Slowing down the Jets is no easy task, but the Predators have shown that they can own the puck when Subban is on the ice. It’s hard to single out just one defenseman, because this team clearly has the best blue line in the league. But I fully expect Subban to be a major factor in this series.
Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: Since I’ve picked the Predators as the victor in this premature clash of the Western Conference’s elite teams, I’ll go with winger Viktor Arvidsson as the key contributor to the Predators’ win. He has 11 points in 11 career games against the Jets, including two goals and five assists in five games this season. Arvidsson had just two goals and one assist in the first round against the Colorado Avalanche but was second among Nashville forwards in shot attempts, with 91. So with a little puck luck, and his pedigree against the Jets, I’ll go with Arvidsson … assuming that his linemate Filip Forsberg also has a strong series.