Phillies 4, Padres 2(11)

The San Diego Padres finally managed to score some runs.

It wasn’t enough to get them a win, though.

Ryan Howard hit a two-run, opposite-field double to left field

with two outs in the 11th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat

the struggling Padres 4-2 on Saturday night.

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. The

Phillies shut out the Padres in the first two games.

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, who had struck

out in each of his first four at-bats, and then bring in lefty

reliever Cory Luebke to face the lefty slugger.

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

his glove on.

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 had a runner on first with two outs in the 11th when

Brad Hawpe flied out to left to end the game. Hawpe’s average

dropped to .104.

”Hitting is contagious,” Hawpe said, ”whether you’re going

good or going bad. And right now, I’ve got the bug.”

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.

”You have to make plays throughout the game,” Black said.

”You have to get some hits. It doesn’t come down to one or two

plays. That’s what everyone keys on, but we just didn’t do enough

offensively. We pitched well enough to win this game, but we didn’t

win. They got the hit at the end and we didn’t get enough hitting

throughout the course of the game.”

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 2 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.

”I was just a little upset how that last inning unfolded,”

Stauffer said of the sixth. ”After scoring a run, I was hoping to

go out there and put up a zero. Just a couple of hits that found

the right places.”

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.