Phillies 3, Padres 0

Roy Oswalt had to improvise on the fly to get his toughest out

of the night.

Oswalt and three relievers combined on a 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.

He had to work hard to strike out Jorge Cantu for the first out

of the fourth inning. Oswalt threw 14 pitches that at-bat, and

Cantu fouled off eight straight pitches with two strikes.

”He’s always been a pretty tough out for me,” Oswalt said. ”I

made some pretty good pitches and he kept fouling them off, fouling

them off. I thought about coming up with a new pitch. Actually the

last pitch I struck him out on, I did. I usually throw a slider one

way and I actually threw it a different way. It worked.”

That at-bat ”kind of wore on him,” manager Charlie Manuel

said. ”At the same time, Roy had good stuff. They did work him and

they made him earn everything he got and they ran his pitch count

up.”

Oswalt ”threw a lot of heaters,” San Diego’s Orlando Hudson

said. ”We just weren’t able to get it going. He had great

stuff.”

Jose Contreras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five

chances.

The Phillies are tied for the big league lead with four

shutouts.

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

majors.

While Oswalt cruised in winning his 10th straight decision, San

Diego ace Mat 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 five, tying his career high.

Francisco homered to straightaway center leading off the second,

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

second.

”I see what everyone else sees. I think I’m around the plate,”

Latos said. ”If you are around the plate, you’re going to get

hit.”

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.