ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs and Phillies trade leads early in Game 7

Oct 24, 2023, 6:01 PM | Updated: 6:40 pm

Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reaches third base on a single hit by Gabriel Moreno ...

Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reaches third base on a single hit by Gabriel Moreno #14 (not pictured) against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning in Game 7 of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 24, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies traded runs early in NLCS Game 7 Tuesday with the D-backs leading 3-2 after the top of the fifth inning.

To start the scoring, Christian Walker grounded into a fielder’s choice that pushed Corbin Carroll across home to give the D-backs a lead over the Phillies in the top of the first inning.

Carroll had reached on an infield single to second before Gabriel Moreno hit an opposite-field single to advance Carroll to third.

Walker then hit a cutter outside the zone on the second pitch he saw from Phillies starter Ranger Suarez, who had not allowed a run in the entire postseason.

Walker is now 5–for-16 with four walks and two RBIs in 20 plate appearances against Suárez in his career.

Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm then answered and tied the game by sending a first-pitch fastball to the seats in left center field to open the bottom of the second inning.

Teams that score first are 82-47 all-time in winner-take-all postseason games, according to Elias.

The Phillies took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Bryson Stott doubled Alec Bohm in from first, but Arizona answered the next frame. Emmanuel Rivera singled and advanced to second on a Geraldo Perdomo bunt before Carroll singled with a grounder to center to tie things.

Carroll stole his second base of the game to move 90 feet before a Moreno single got the speedy outfielder home for a 3-2 lead after the top of the fifth.

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