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Phillies continues their winning way on the road as they defeat the Padres, 5-3.

Back-to-back dingers from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard help to support a strong effort by ‘Kentucky Joe’ Blanton as the Phils defeated the Padres, 5-3.

The Padres took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Kevin Kouzmanoff hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second base Brian Giles, who had earlier singled, while scoring on the play Scott Hairston, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Giles’ single, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils took the lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Victorino on to second, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils made it 3-1 in the fifth as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year. One batter later, Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Padres would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Hairston, followed with a solo shot of his own, his eighth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-3. The Phils tacked on an insurance run in the eighth as, with a man on and two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ lined out to right, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score, as the Phillies’ bullpen kept the Padres’ off the scoreboard in the final two innings, with Brad Lidge recording his fourth save in four straight games and his thirteenth save of the season.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched a strong seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 4-3 with a 5.86 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched an inning plus one batter, recording his tenth hold, as he gave up no runs on no hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless ninth as he nailed down his thirteenth save of the year. Kevin Correia took the lost as he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-4 with a 5.37 ERA. Cla Meredith pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, with a strikeout. Joe Thatcher pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Luke Gregerson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out one. Greg Burke pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phillies had a total of twelve hits in the game. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez each led the way with two hits each, with one of Utley’s hits being  a solo home run. Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs had the other four Phils’ hits, with Howard’s being a home run. Utley and Victorino each knocked in two runs, while Howard knocked in one. Half of the Phils’ hits were for extra-bases (2Bs (4), HRs (2)). The Phils left eleven men on base, which they will need to improve on if they expect to have a good road trip.

The Phillies (29-20, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Padres (25-26, 3rd National League West), with a night game tonight at PETCO Park. The game will start at 10:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be rookie Antonio Bastardo (0-0, -.–), who is making his major league debut, taking the place, in the Phils’ starting rotation, of the injured Brett Myers. He will be going after his first major league win. The Padres will counter with their ace Jake Peavy (5-5, 3.67), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on May 27, as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to give a lot of run support to Bastardo in his first start in the big leagues.

As of last night, the Phils are in First  Place.

The Phillies took over first place as they defeated the San Diego Padres, 3-2, in a close game. The Phils starter Adam Eaton was once again involved in a no decision as he gave up two earned runs on five hits, as he went six full innings. The two runs he gave up came in the first inning on a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez, his sixth of the season, as he knocked in Tadahito Iguchi who had earlier single. But that was all the Pads would be able to do against Eaton as he would shut them down for the next five innings. Meanwhile, the Padres’ starter Randy Wolf would also get a no decision as he went six innings against the Fightin’s, also giving up only two earned runs to his former team on six hits while striking out nine Phils. The Phillies runs would come in the third on an RBI double by Ryan Howard as he knocked in Shane Victorino, who had earlier double. Howard would then score on an RBI double by Pat Burrell. After Eaton and Wolf were taken out for pinch hitters, the game would be left in the hands of the two teams’ respective bullpens. Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and the eventual winner, Tom Gordon, would combine to pitch the seventh and eighth innings, giving up no runs or hits and walking only one batter, while striking out one batter each. The Padres would counter with Cla Meredith, who would pitch 2/3rd of an inning without giving up a run, and Joe Thatcher, the eventual loser, who, in the bottom of the eighth inning, would give up a massive home run to Ryan Howard for his six of the year. Brad Lidge would then come in and pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording his seventh save of the year.

The winning pitcher for the Phils is Gordon, upping his record to 3-2 and lowering his ERA to 5.56 as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The loser for the Padres, Thatcher, watch his record drop to 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA, as he gave up only one hit in 1 and 1/3 innings of work, but it would be a killer, as it was Howard’s home run.

Seems like Howard’s mom knew what she was talking about when she said that her son was slow in April as he went 2-4 in the game, with a double, a home run and 2 RBIs. Hopefully this is a harbinger of things to come.

With the win, the Phils take over first place in the National League East, .5 games ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.

The homestand continues tonight at 7:05 in Citizens Bank Park as the NL East leading Phils (16-13) now face the National League West third place San Francisco Giants (13-16). The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13). His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00). As the Phils meet the Giants for the first time this season, the Mets (14-12) will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-8, 1st NLW) in Arizona while the Marlins (15-13) will be playing the Padres (11-18) in Florida.

The Phils end April on a down note.

The Phils ends a good April with a lost as they lose to the Padres, 4-2. Jamie Moyer pitched 5 and 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, with two of the hits being a couple of home run balls. The Padres’ first runs came on a two-run homer in the first to Adrian Gonzalez, his fifth of the year, scoring Tadahito Iguchi, who had earlier single. The Phils would come back to tie it in their half of the first, on a two-run homer by Chase Utley, his league leading eleventh of the season, scoring Eric Bruntlett, who had earlier reached based on a single off of Padres’ starter, and eventual winner, Chris Young. But that would be all that the Phils would be able to do against Young as he would shut the Phils down for the next five innings, giving up a total of five hits and two earned runs in six innings. By that time, the Padres have retaken the lead. In the top of the third, Moyer gave up a solo home run to Kevin Kouzmanoff, his second of the season. The Padres would add an insurance run in the sixth, while knocking Moyer out of the game, as Iguchi knocks in Josh Bard on a single off of Chad Durbin, who had come in to relieve Moyer. Durbin would then get out of the inning, and then, along with J.C. Romero and Rudy Seanez, keep the Padres’ bats quiet for the next 3 and 2/3 innings, giving up only three hits between them. Sadly, the Padres’ bullpen would do even better, keeping the Fightins’ bats equally as quiet, as Joe Thatcher, Heath Bell, and Padres’ closer and all time saves leader, Trevor Hoffman, pitched a combined three innings, giving up only two hits, with Hoffman getting his sixth save of the season.

With the lost, Moyer’s record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 4.50, while Young, with the victory, has raised his record to 2-2 with an ERA of 3.63.

The Phils (15-13) conclude their series with the Padres (11-17) tonight at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Adam Eaton (0-0, 5.08), who is still looking for his first win of the year, after five start. Eaton’s career record against the Padres is 1-0. He will be pitching against former Phils Randy Wolf (2-1, 3.68).

The lost put the Phils back into third place, still .5 games behind the Marlins and now .002 percentage points behind the Mets, as the Marlins, like the Mets earlier in the day, got crushed in their game, losing to the Dodgers 13-1.