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Giants win, drop Phillies out of first place in NL East

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Nate Schierholtz threw a rocket from right field to steal a double from Ryan Howard in the second inning, then he did it again to Chase Utley in the ninth.

The San Francisco Giants are getting great defense, strong pitching and clutch hitting in their latest winning stretch -- and beating some talented pitchers in the process. Adam Wainwright, Roy Halladay, Jamie Moyer.

Aubrey Huff and Matt Downs each hit solo home runs in the second inning, No. 5 starter Todd Wellemeyer finally won, and the Giants knocked the Philadelphia Phillies out of first place in the NL East with a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.

"Canon, that's your new nickname," reliever Jeremy Affeldt said to Schierholtz.

Just like Halladay a night earlier, Moyer couldn't slow down San Francisco's suddenly hot bats. The Phillies fell a half-game back of the New York Mets, out of at least a share of the division lead for the first time this year with their second straight series loss.

"We lost. There's nothing to be happy about," Moyer said. "We need to pay attention to what we're doing ourselves. We have to look at the here and look at the now. It's a long season but every game counts."

Edgar Renteria and Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive RBI singles in both the fifth and seventh innings, and Renteria finished with three hits. Huff's homer was his first fences-clearing clout of the year after an inside-the-park homer here against the Pirates on April 14.

"Everybody said they enjoyed the first one better. Not me," Huff said. "I said, 'Please go out."'

A day after agreeing to a $125 million, five-year contract extension, Howard was thrown out in the second on a would-be double when he let up going into the bag. The slugger slowed down after hitting a bouncer into the corner in right, thinking he had plenty of time. But Schierholtz scooped up the ball after it came off the wall and fired to second and Renteria made a sneaky tag on the unexpecting Howard, who was disgusted. Howard - who went hitless Monday -- singled again in the fourth inning and stayed put at first.

"It was just a mental mistake," Howard said. "I thought I had a little more time than I did. I probably should have slid anyway just to make sure. Any time you lose a game it's disappointing, but you try to weather the storm. It's baseball and you'll have hot streaks and cold streaks. When things aren't going the way you want them to go you just have to keep playing."

Schierholtz, who also made a diving catch in the first, did it again in the ninth when Utley tried to stretch a single into a double. Brandon Medders then struck out Howard and Jayson Werth on called third strikes.

"I just happened to get good hops off the wall and make accurate throws," Schierholtz said. "It's good any time you can help the pitchers out."

Werth followed Howard's second-inning hit with a double, stole third and scored on Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. But that was it for Philadelphia until pinch-hitter Ben Francisco's RBI single in the eighth.

Wellemeyer (1-3) won for the first time since July 2 last year against the Giants while with St. Louis. He received a rousing standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the eighth. The right-hander was a non-roster invitee to spring training who earned a job in the rotation with a strong showing in Arizona.

He allowed two runs on three hits in seven-plus sharp innings, struck out four and walked three.

"I knew I could pitch better than I've shown the last two games," Wellemeyer said. "I had to go out and show it."

Moyer (2-2) lost for only the seventh time in his last 32 road starts.

The Giants beat Halladay on Monday night to deal Philadelphia's new ace his first loss since joining the Phillies in a four-team blockbuster trade in December -- then quickly got to Moyer, too.

The 47-year-old lefty was tagged for a season-high 10 hits and four runs in six innings and fell to 0-3 lifetime at AT&T Park.

San Francisco has won four of five following a four-game losing streak. Wednesday afternoon's series finale is another intriguing pitching matchup: two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and unbeaten righty Tim Lincecum vs. Cole Hamels.

Lincecum has won each of his first four starts.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel knows his team better come ready to play.

"If you drop your guard, all of a sudden you hit rock bottom," Manuel said. "You have to stay with this game every day. I always want to be in first place. They outplayed us. They outhit us, they outhustled us, they scored more runs, that's what I have to say about that. I guess they outpitched us, too."

Notes

  • Utley is one hit from No. 1,000 of his career.
  • Injured Giants 2B Juan Uribe, nursing tightness in his right elbow that forced him out early from Saturday night's game against St. Louis, pinch-hit in the eighth.
  • Philadelphia RHP Brad Lidge, coming off elbow and knee surgery, pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts in a rehab outing for Double-A Reading against Harrisburg. He didn't allow a hit or a walk in his eighth rehab appearance since April 10 and his second with Reading.
  • Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (strained left oblique) is scheduled to make his next rehab outing Wednesday for Reading.
 
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Todd Wellemeyer flexes his muscles against the Phillies for his first win since July 2, 2009.  (AP)
Todd Wellemeyer flexes his muscles against the Phillies for his first win since July 2, 2009. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

T. Wellemeyer
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 3
K 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4000012 .226
Placido Polanco, 3B4000012 .321
Chase Utley, 2B4010020 .284
Ryan Howard, 1B4020010 .276
Jayson Werth, RF3110110 .324
Raul Ibanez, LF2001002 .217
Juan Castro, SS3000012 .310
Carlos Ruiz, C1100200 .280
Jamie Moyer, P1000000 .200
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH0000000 .313
   b- Ben Francisco, PH1011000 .222
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Totals2725237  
a-announced for Durbin in the 8th
b-singled for Gload in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (10, Wellemeyer)
SF - Raul Ibanez (3)
SH - Jamie Moyer (3)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (9), Ben Francisco (1)
SB - Jayson Werth (1, 3rd base off Wellemeyer/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Castro-Utley-Howard, Castro-Utley, Polanco-Utley-Howard
E - Chase Utley (3, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,2-2) 61044122 5.25
Chad Durbin 1222100 2.61
J.C. Romero 1000010 9.00
HBP - Downs (by Jamie Moyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 101-66, Chad Durbin 24-13, J.C. Romero 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 6-7, Chad Durbin 2-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 27, Chad Durbin 6, J.C. Romero 3
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, CF3210100 .265
Edgar Renteria, SS4132000 .314
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4022001 .372
Aubrey Huff, 1B4111002 .239
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .200
Mark DeRosa, LF3000112 .228
Bengie Molina, C4020001 .321
Matt Downs, 2B3111001 .375
Nate Schierholtz, RF4010012 .300
Todd Wellemeyer, P3110013 .143
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Uribe, PH1000000 .305
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
Totals33612623  
a-popped out for Runzler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (3, Moyer), Nate Schierholtz (4, Moyer)
HR - Aubrey Huff (2, Moyer), Matt Downs (1, Moyer)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (8), Pablo Sandoval 2 (9), Aubrey Huff (8), Matt Downs (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Downs (1)
SB - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base off Durbin/Ruiz)
CS - Mark DeRosa (1, 2nd base by Moyer/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate Schierholtz 2
DP - Renteria-Downs-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
Todd Wellemeyer (W,1-3) 7322340 6.33
Dan Runzler 1100010 2.70
Brandon Medders 1100020 5.40
WP - Dan Runzler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 99-62, Dan Runzler 12-8, Brandon Medders 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 4-12, Dan Runzler 1-0
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 26, Dan Runzler 3, Brandon Medders 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31792
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor