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Rain Can’t Dampen Phillies Win

Mayberry Jr. leads Phillies over D-Backs

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    Rain Can’t Dampen Phillies Win
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    John Mayberry Jr. celebrates his third inning home run with teammates Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

    John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, David Herndon tossed three scoreless innings in relief and the Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Thursday night in a matchup of division leaders.

    The major league-leading Phillies took two of three in a potential playoff preview, improving to 14-1-1 in their last 16 series.

    A thunderstorm delayed the game for 2 hours, 17 minutes after three innings. Neither starting pitcher returned when play resumed.

    Herndon (1-2) gave up one hit and struck out four to earn his second career win. Ryan Madson finished for his 23rd save in 24 tries.

    Ian Kennedy (15-4) gave up three runs and five hits in three innings, failing to become the NL's first 16-game winner. He had won his previous seven starts.

    Arizona remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the defending World Series champions San Francisco Giants in the West.

    Phillies starter Vance Worley allowed one hit in three scoreless innings. The rookie remained 8-1, but Philadelphia has won his last 11 starts.

    Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Diamondbacks. The rookie has four homers in 47 at-bats since getting called up on Aug. 1.

    The Phillies, who lead Atlanta by 8 1/2 games in the East, are a season-best 38 games over .500 and have reached 80 wins in the second-fastest time in franchise history. They did it in 121 games in 1976.

    Wilson Valdez, who hit a tiebreaking two-run double in Wednesday's 9-2 win, put the Phillies up 1-0 with an opposite-field RBI double in the second. Raul Ibanez hit a one-out double and scored on Valdez's liner to right.

    Mayberry connected in the third, launching a drive high off the left-field foul pole. Mayberry has settled in nicely as the team's fourth outfielder. It was his 10th homer this season and seventh in 73 at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 5.

    Ibanez hit an RBI double in the fifth off Micah Owings to make it 4-0. Chase Utley doubled and scored on Ibanez's drive to left.

    The Phillies played without four regulars. All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino served the first of his two-game suspension for his part in a benches-clearing brawl at San Francisco on Aug. 5. First baseman Ryan Howard (hand), catcher Carlos Ruiz (groin) and All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco (sports hernia) also were out. Howard and Ruiz are day to day and could return Friday.