Phillies 4, Padres 1

Manager Charlie Manuel won’t even try to explain why the

Philadelphia Phillies have won 13 straight games at Petco Park, the

longest winning streak at any ballpark in club history and the

longest active streak for any visiting club at any particular


”Baseball’s a weird game,” Manuel said after Juan Pierre hit a

go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning to back Cole Hamels

in the Phillies’ 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday


OK, so Hamels will give it a shot.

”How many seasons is that?” Hamels asked. ”Since ’08? Well,

we’ve had some pretty good pitching staffs since then and I think

you just find a way. I know we’re a home run hitting team, but

unfortunately when we get here, we get the base hits and drive in

the runs and get the walks. I think we’ve just been able to do

really well. Hopefully, this is the type of momentum that we can

really use at the start of the season and obviously on this road


The Padres haven’t beaten the Phillies in San Diego since Aug.

16, 2008. Overall, the Phillies are 24-4 at Petco Park since it

opened in 2004.

Hamels (2-1) improved to 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 12 career starts

against his hometown Padres. In his last four starts against San

Diego, he’s 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA.

Hamels was called for two balks for the first time in his

career, but the Padres weren’t able to capitalize.

In the second, after rookie Andy Parrino was forced at third on

Edinson Volquez’s bunt, Hamels’ balk moved Orlando Hudson to third

and Volquez to second with two outs. Hamels then hit Chris Denorfia

with a pitch before striking out Cameron Maybin.

In the fourth, Yonder Alonso singled and Hamels was called for

another balk, by second base umpire Bob Davidson. Hamels, who

appeared to have stepped off the rubber, angrily yelled at

Davidson. Alonso took third on Hudson’s single but was thrown out

at the plate when Hamels flipped Volquez’s bunt with his glove to

catcher Brian Schneider.

”You’ve just got to take it for what it is and keep pitching,”

Hamels said.

After allowing a run in the fifth, Hamels was assured of the

victory thanks to a three-run rally in the seventh. Hamels allowed

one run and six hits in six innings, struck out four and walked


”It’s nice playing in a big ballpark,” Hamels said. ”It was

one of those days where I wasn’t able to really locate with too

many pitches. But you just keep battling. Fortunately for the

ballpark, you can get away with throwing some pitches down the

middle and try to let them put it in play and obviously use your

whole team behind you. I was fortunate to get away with a lot of

bad pitches.”

Said San Diego’s Chase Headley: ”He was great. He threw the

ball plenty well enough to win.

”I thought we threw a lot of good at-bats against him,”

Headley said. ”We attacked him. We put ourselves in good

positions. To be honest, more than anything, I think he did a good

of job of making pitches when he needed to. It was unfortunate we

couldn’t score some runs.”

San Diego’s 12 losses, the most in the majors, are tied for the

most through the club’s first 15 games in franchise history. The

Padres also had 12 losses through 15 games in 1974, 1987 and


Volquez held Philadelphia to two hits through six scoreless

innings before allowing three straight singles to open the seventh

and load the bases. Andrew Cashner relieved Volquez (0-2) and

allowed Schneider’s RBI single to right bring in Shane Victorino

with the tying run. With one out, Pierre singled to right to score

Ty Wigginton and Freddy Galvis.

. Victorino hit a solo home run in the eighth, his second.

Victorino was hit by a pitch on the left elbow earlier in the

at-bat, but umpire Dan Bellino ruled that he leaned into the


Jonathan Paplebon pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five


Victorino’s homer was off Australian left-hander Josh


Maybin tripled to the gap in right-center leading off the fifth.

The Padres had stranded seven runners to that point, but after

Headley struck out, Maybin scored on Jesus Guzman’s grounder to


Volquez allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck

out five and walked three.

NOTES: Hamels’ two balks were the most by a Phillies pitcher

since Paul Quantrill also had two balks on July 15, 1995, at

Montreal. … Hamels had three career balks coming into the game,

all from last season. … Rookie Andy Parrino started in place of

SS Jason Bartlett. … The four-game series continues Saturday

night when Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) is scheduled to start for

Philadelphia against Padres LHP Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71).