After failing to get out of the fourth inning in each of his last two starts, Millwood (11-7) was nearly untouchable, retiring the first 16 Padres before Miguel Ojeda's single in the sixth inning. "I thought I had a chance," Millwood said of the possibility of a second no-hitter this season. "I still had a ways to go. I was definitely thinking about it. It just didn't happen."
Millwood allowed just two singles the rest of the way, facing two batters over the minimum en route to his fourth complete game of the season and tenth of his career. Millwood, who lost four of his previous six decisions, walked one and struck out eight, including Mark Kotsay four times.
Byrd led off the first inning with one of his two singles to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He added two doubles and scored twice and is hitting .374 (37-for-99) with 25 runs scored since taking over the leadoff spot in the lineup. "It's just a gradual increase," Byrd said. "I was starting to put good swings on pitches I should hit. My whole goal is to get on base and score runs."
Kevin Jarvis (4-3) suffered his first loss in five career decisions against the Phillies. He yielded five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.
The Phillies gave Millwood all the support he needed in the first inning. After Byrd's single, Placido Polanco popped out. Thome followed with a groundout to first but with the infield shifted, Byrd alertly trotted to third base uncontested. On a 3-2 count, Bobby Abreu hit a blooper into shallow center field for a single, plating Byrd for a 1-0 lead.
Millwood was never in danger, getting the Padres to bounce into double plays after Ojeda's sixth-inning single and Ramon Vazquez's base hit in the seventh. Ojeda singled again in the ninth, but Millwood retired the next three batters to secure the win.
In the fifth, Byrd ripped a one-out double to left and Polanco singled before Thome doubled to right to give Philadelphia a 3-0 cushion.
Millwood opened the seventh with a double and moved to third on a groundout by Byrd. Polanco followed with an RBI double, chasing Jarvis. Jaret Wright came on and retired Thome before walking Abreu and Mike Lieberthal to load the bases. Perez then lined a 3-2 offering into right to score two for a 6-0 bulge.
The four-game series continues Saturday night with a scheduled double-header. The first game will feature Randy Wolf (11-5, 3.24) against Jake Peavey (8-8, 4.67), with Carlos Silva (3-1, 4.45) going against former Phillies Joe Roa (1-2, 5.14) in the nightcap.