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Phillies open homestand with win over Padres

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PHILADELPHIA -- A.J. Burnett and Marlon Byrd were the two acquisitions the Philadelphia Phillies were hoping would help them get back to the postseason.

Well, they helped them get a win in a season going nowhere.

Burnett threw 7 1/3 sharp innings, Byrd hit a three-run homer and the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Tuesday night.

''Create some momentum. We just have to carry it over into tomorrow,'' manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Back from a 1-5 trip that left them tied with the Cubs for the worst record in the NL, the Phillies opened a six-game homestand with only their 13th win at Citizens Bank Park.

Burnett (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits to earn his first win since May 20.

''It all starts with our pitching,'' Burnett said. ''If we hold them down and give our guys a chance, the better off we'll be.''

Jonathan Papelbon left the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth to record his 300th career save, becoming the 26th pitcher to reach that mark. He has 14 consecutive saves after blowing his first try.

''It was tough because I didn't feel that emotion in a while,'' Papelbon said. ''It means a lot to me, more than most people would think.''

Will Venable hit a solo homer for San Diego. Starter Ian Kennedy (5-7) gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Kennedy retired the first nine batters before Ben Revere lined a double to right to start Philadelphia's fourth. Chase Utley's RBI single tied it at 1. After Ryan Howard singled, Byrd hit an opposite-field shot into the seats in right-center field for a 4-1 lead.

''It seems there's always one pitch you'd like to take back and that was the pitch,'' Kennedy said. ''Not a good location.''

Utley and Howard hit consecutive singles before Byrd drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 5-1.

That was enough for Burnett, who shook off his recent struggles and was in control throughout. The righty was 1-4 with a 7.25 ERA in his previous six starts. Burnett walked two after issuing 10 in his last two starts.

''It looked like he was throwing more strikes and he had some contact outs early in counts,'' Sandberg said. ''He also mixed in some two-seam fastballs, which worked for him in getting ground-ball outs to left-handed hitters.''

Burnett only threw 89 pitches before giving way to Jake Diekman, who got the final two outs in the eighth on strikeouts. Diekman reached 100 mph on one of his fastballs.

''I don't like to come out of a game, period,'' Burnett said. ''But he throws a little harder than me.''

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the third when Venable lined a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right for only his second homer in 179 at-bats. Venable hit a career-high 22 homers last season.

The light-hitting Padres entered with the worst batting average in the majors at .218. Carlos Quentin snapped an 0-for-24 slump with a seventh-inning double. But Everth Cabrera (0 for 18) and Jace Peterson (0 for 18) were 0 for 5 to extend their hitless streaks.

Quentin scored on Yonder Alonso's sacrifice fly to cut it to 5-2.

Notes

The Phillies had some positive injury news. LHP Cliff Lee could start throwing soon. He's missed the last four starts because of an elbow strain. 3B Cody Asche (hamstring) should start a rehab assignment this weekend. An MRI showed that RHP Mike Adams doesn't have a torn labrum. Adams will get a cortisone shot and expects to return after a stint on the DL. ... Only Arizona has fewer home wins (12) than Philadelphia. ... Papelbon's save was his first since May 24. ... The Padres lost for only the 11th time when having a lead at any point in a game. That's the third-fewest total in the majors. ... The Phillies and Padres have 11 sacrifice flies this season. Only Pittsburgh had fewer (9). ... The Phillies signed RHP Aaron Nola, the seventh overall pick in last week's amateur draft. ... RHP Tyson Ross (6-5, 3.22) of the Padres faces LHP Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.49) on Wednesday night.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

M. Byrd
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF3121000 .211
   a-Chris Denorfia, PH1000011 .261
   Troy Patton, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000 .000
Everth Cabrera, SS3000122 .230
Seth Smith, RF4010001 .299
Carlos Quentin, LF4110002 .216
Chase Headley, 3B4010001 .196
Yonder Alonso, 1B3001012 .207
Rene Rivera, C3000000 .227
   Alexi Amarista, PR0000000 .200
Jace Peterson, 2B3000010 .125
   b-Tommy Medica, PH1000003 .263
Ian Kennedy, P2000010 .136
   c-Cameron Maybin, PH-CF0000100 .291
Totals3125226  
a-struck out for Venable in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Peterson in the 9th
c-walked for Kennedy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (15, Papelbon), Carlos Quentin (2, Burnett)
HR - Will Venable (2, Burnett)
SF - Yonder Alonso (2)
RBI - Will Venable (11), Yonder Alonso (21)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Alonso-Cabrera-Peterson
E - Everth Cabrera (10, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (L,5-7) 7755031 3.63
Troy Patton 0.1200010 5.84
Kevin Quackenbush 0.2000020 2.93
WP - Ian Kennedy (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 106-70, Troy Patton 11-9, Kevin Quackenbush 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 12-5, Troy Patton 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 27, Troy Patton 4, Kevin Quackenbush 2
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF4120000 .286
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010001 .248
Chase Utley, 2B4221000 .318
Ryan Howard, 1B4120013 .237
Marlon Byrd, RF3114013 .264
Domonic Brown, LF4000024 .214
Carlos Ruiz, C3000000 .278
Cesar Hernandez, 3B3010010 .197
A.J. Burnett, P3000011 .214
   Jake Diekman, P0000000 .000
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3259506  
Batting
2B - Ben Revere (3, Kennedy)
HR - Marlon Byrd (10, Kennedy)
SF - Marlon Byrd (1)
RBI - Chase Utley (31), Marlon Byrd 4 (38)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (4, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett (W,4-5) 7.1322231 4.24
Jake Diekman (H,7) 0.2000020 4.85
Jonathan Papelbon (S,14) 1200010 1.48
HBP - Rivera (by Jonathan Papelbon)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 89-53, Jake Diekman 8-6, Jonathan Papelbon 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 9-10, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 27, Jake Diekman 2, Jonathan Papelbon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31037
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Clint Fagan