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Person shuts down D-Backs, earns 12th win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Robert Person is pitching like an ace.

Person allowed one run in eight innings, and Marlon Anderson's
RBI single drove in the go-ahead run as the Philadelphia Phillies
beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night.

Person (12-6) gave up five hits, tied a career high with 11
strikeouts and won for the eighth time in nine decisions as the
Phillies closed within one game of first-place Atlanta in the NL
East.

The right-hander is 6-1 after Phillies losses. He has two of
Philadelphia's three victories in the last 11 games.

"I go out there whether we won or lost the night before and try
to get the job done," Person said. "I haven't felt this great all
season except for my last five starts."

Reggie Sanders hit his career-high 29th homer and fourth in four
games for Arizona, whose lead over San Francisco in the West was
cut to 2 1/2 games.

Person, facing the Diamondbacks for the first time since
receiving a six-game suspension for hitting Sanders in a 6-1 loss
on May 13, retired 11 of his last 13 batters.

"Person has been unbelievable," Phillies manager Larry Bowa
said. "He has been a stopper. We need a little leadership in that
rotation down the stretch and he's doing that now."

Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly thought Person got some help
from a big strike zone.

"Person took advantage of some very generous strike calls at
opportune times," Brenly said. "Both dugouts seemed unhappy, but
it seemed the ones called on us took us out of possible rallies.
But you have to give Person credit. He took advantage of it."

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth, finishing the six-hitter for his
34th save in 36 chances. Before the game, Mesa received a two-game
suspension for hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds on Aug. 19. Mesa will
miss the next two games against the New York Mets.

Anderson, batting fifth for the first time this season, gave the
Phillies a 2-1 lead with a two-out single in the sixth that scored
Doug Glanville, who led off with a double.

Anderson went to second on the throw home and scored on Kevin
Jordan's single. Bowa juggled the lineup before the game, moving
Anderson from the No. 2 spot to fifth.

Anderson has hit in eight straight games, going 14-for-35 in
that stretch. Glanville moved up from No. 6 to the second spot, and
Travis Lee was dropped to No. 7.

"I try not to think of where I'm hitting," Anderson said. "I
just try to hit the ball and be aggressive."

Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Sanders hit
his seventh homer against the Phillies this year.

Lee, batting .178 since the All-Star break, tied it at 1 with an
RBI double in the second that drove in Pat Burrell, who walked to
start the inning.

Diamondbacks starter Albie Lopez (3-4) allowed four hits and
three runs in six innings. Lopez had won three straight, allowing
just one run in those games.

"I felt bad about the one pitch (to Lee)," Lopez said. "I
left it hanging and it cost me a run. The other two were just
groundballs."

Game notes
Phillies 3B Scott Rolen missed his fourth straight game
with a strained ribcage. Rolen said he expects to play Tuesday
night. ... Lopez singled in the third for his first major league
hit. He had been 0-for-27. ... The Phillies have scored three runs
or less in nine of 10 games. ... Arizona went 3-4 on its seven-game
road trip in Pennsylvania, losing two of three to Pittsburgh after
winning nine straight and splitting a four-game series against the
Phillies.