Phillies 4, Padres 2(11)

Having struck out in each of his previous four at-bats, Ryan

Howard wasn’t entirely surprised that the San Diego Padres

intentionally walked Jimmy Rollins ahead of him in the 11th

inning.

Howard responded by hitting a two-run, opposite-field double to

left field with two outs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San

Diego Padres 4-2 on Saturday night.

”I’m just trying to take it and use it as motivation. Glad I

came through,” Howard said.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won the first three games of

this series, with reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay

scheduled to start Sunday’s finale. Overall, the Phillies have won

10 straight and 14 of 15 at Petco Park since the 2008 season.

Placido Polanco hit a leadoff single off Chad Qualls (0-2) to

start the rally, was sacrificed by Shane Victorino and took third

on Peter Orr’s groundout. Padres manager Bud Black chose to

intentionally walk Jimmy Rollins ahead of Howard and then bring in

lefty reliever Cory Luebke to face the lefty slugger.

”With the way that the game was going, no, I guess you’re not

surprised they’d go to the bullpen and bring in a lefty in that

situation,” Howard said.

Howard hit a ball to deep left that Ryan Ludwick couldn’t get

his glove on.

”I think he was motivated, yeah. He rose to the occasion.

That’s how you handle it,” manager Charlie Manuel said.

”It was a long run,” Ludwick said. ”That corner is kind of

tricky. I actually ran to the spot where I thought the ball was

going when it came off his bat. It was a long run and a felt I had

a good read on it. When I looked at the replay I was an inch

away.”

Howard struck out four times in Thursday night’s 3-0 win, then

came back on Friday and hit a two-run triple in a 2-0 win.

”That’s how the game is sometimes. All it takes is one time for

things to kind of click, and it clicked for me at the right time,”

Howard said.

”I just liked the matchup of Luebke on Howard,” Black said.

”There’s a little bit of history with Qualls and Rollins.”

Rollins is 3 for 6 lifetime against Qualls, with two doubles and

one RBI.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Ryan

Madson pitched the 11th for his second save in as many chances.

The Padres scored their first run in 22 innings when Cameron

Maybin singled off Joe Blanton leading off the first and came

around on Jason Bartlett’s triple to right-center. The Padres

failed to add on, though. Orlando Hudson walked and Bartlett was

caught in a rundown when Nick Hundley grounded back to Blanton.

That put runners on second and third with one out. Hudson was held

at third on Jorge Cantu’s fly ball to right and Ludwick struck out

to end the inning.

The Phillies tied it when Ben Francisco tripled to right-center

with two outs in the fourth to bring in Rollins, who was aboard on

a walk. Maybin, the center fielder, tried to make a diving catch

but missed it by two feet.

The Padres regained the lead on Hundley’s double down the

left-field line that brought in Maybin, aboard on a leadoff

single.

Philadelphia’s Orr reached on a double down the right-field line

with one out in the sixth. Umpire Mike DiMuro hesitated for a

moment before ruling it fair. Orr then scored on Rollins’ single to

center.

Blanton allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck

out three and walked two.

San Diego’s Tim Stauffer went six, allowing two runs and four

hits while tying his career-high with seven strikeouts. He walked

one.

NOTES: The four-game homestand concludes Sunday when Halladay is

scheduled to face LHP Wade LeBlanc, who is being brought up from

Triple-A Tucson.