Phillies 3, Padres 0

As much as ace Mat Latos is struggling, the San Diego Padres’

offense is doing even worse.

Roy Oswalt and three relievers pitched a combined four-hitter

and the Philadelphia Phillies won 3-0 Thursday night against the

San Diego Padres, who have been shut out a major league-leading

five times in 19 games.

Ben Francisco and Brian Schneider homered for the Phillies,

who’ve won eight straight and 12 of 13 at Petco Park dating to the

2008 season.

Oswalt (3-0) allowed only one hit in six innings, Chris

Denorfia’s opposite-field single to right with two outs in the

fifth. Oswalt allowed only two other baserunners, on walks, while

striking out seven. The only Padres baserunner to reach second

against Oswalt was Jason Bartlett, who drew a leadoff walk in the

first and then stole second.

The Padres came in with a .222 batting average, lowest in the

majors.

”It’s tough,” manager Bud Black said. ”When we need to score

runs, it’s going to come from all eight guys doing their thing.

There are not one or two guys who carry the load. It’s going to

have to be a collective thing. Right now, we have a number of guys

who are a little bit off offensively.”

Jose Contreras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five

chances. Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe struck out looking for the final

out, with two runners on. Hawpe has struck out 19 times in 43

at-bats and is hitting just .116.

The Phillies are tied for the big league lead with four

shutouts.

While Oswalt cruised in winning his 10th straight decision,

Latos (0-3) lost his eighth straight start since September. He’s

allowed five homers in 16 2-3 innings in three starts.

Oswalt has gone six innings in all four starts, allowing two or

fewer earned runs. He improved to 11-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 19 career

appearances against the Padres, including 17 starts. He left his

last start after six with a lower back strain, against Florida on

Friday.

Latos allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, struck out

seven and walked a career-high five.

”I’m 0-3 right now because I’m giving up runs,” Latos said.

I’m not giving my team a chance to win.”

Francisco homered to straightaway center leading off the second,

his third. Schneider homered to right-center with one out, his

second.

The Phillies added a run in the third on Francisco’s

bases-loaded fly ball to right. He was credited with a sacrifice

fly even though Denorfia dropped the ball for an error.

NOTES: The Padres are receiving more than $1 million over three

years from TaylorMade for a giant replica of an R11 driver along

the right field foul pole. … LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis threw out

the ceremonial first pitch. Before the game, she hit golf balls off

a mat at home plate. … Oswalt’s last loss was July 30 at

Washington. … Latos has a 7.22 ERA during his losing streak. …

Ryan Howard went 0 for 5, including four strikeouts. … Padres 3B

Chase Headley came out of the game during a double-switch in the

eighth inning with flu-like symptoms.