Myers is Sharp in Phillies 5-2 Win

Whether it was the expansive Petco Park or just a strong outing, Brett Myers threw an impressive game against the San Diego Padres. The Phillies won for just the second time on their current road trip, beating San Diego 5-2. A three-run seventh inning, spurred by Marlon Byrd and Chase Utley made the difference.

Brett Myers snapped a five-game losing streak and in the process helped the Phillies continue their domination of the National League West Division.

Myers won for the first time since June 17 and the Phillies won for the 15th time in 20 games against the NL West with a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

After going 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA in five July starts, Myers (6-8) started August off right, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

The Padres held a 1-0 lead until the seventh when the Phillies broke through with three runs. Marlon Byrd tied the game with a single that scored Pat Burrell. Chase Utley plated Mike Lieberthal with a base hit and Byrd scored on a throwing error by Padres right fielder Brian Giles.

San Diego starter Brian Lawrence (11-8) took a tough loss, allowing two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Byrd and Utley's RBI base hits came against reliever Scott Linebrink.

Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 32nd home run for Philadelphia, which is 4-1 against the Padres this season.

The series continues Wednesday night with Eric Milton (11-2, 4.64) going against Adam Eaton (6-9, 4.74).


PHILADELPHIA (5) VS SAN DIEGO (2) - FINAL PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .274 P Polanco 2b 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .266 T Perez 2b 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .248 B Abreu rf 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .300 J Thome 1b 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .288 P Burrell lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .263 D Bell 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .266 M Lieberthal c 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 .255 M Byrd cf 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .227 B Myers p 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .182 a-C Utley ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .275 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 T Jones p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 F Rodriguez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-J Michaels ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .242 T Worrell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 35 5 8 4 2 6 12 a-singled to right center for B Myers in the 7th; b-reached on infield single to third for F Rodriguez in the 9th. BATTING: 2B - B Myers (3, B Lawrence). HR - J Thome (32, 8th inning off R Beck 0 on, 2 Out). RBI - M Byrd (19), C Utley (37), J Thome (73), J Michaels (11). 2-out RBI - M Byrd, C Utley, J Thome. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - T Perez 1, B Abreu 1, J Rollins 1. GIDP - J Thome. Team LOB - 6. FIELDING: E - D Bell (15, ground ball); P Polanco (3, throw); J Rollins (7, throw). Outfield assists - P Burrell (T Long at 2nd base). DP: 1 (J Thome-J Rollins-J Thome). SAN DIEGO ab r h rbi bb so lob avg S Burroughs 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .295 M Loretta 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .333 R Klesko lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .270 J Payton cf 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .245 P Nevin 1b 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .311 B Giles rf 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .280 T Long cf-lf 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .280 K Greene ss 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .262 R Hernandez c 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .259 B Lawrence p 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .125 S Linebrink p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 R Beck p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-D Hansen ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 J Witasick p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 35 2 9 2 0 8 11 a-struck out swinging for R Beck in the 8th. BATTING: RBI - P Nevin (60), B Giles (61). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - P Nevin 1, R Hernandez 1, T Long 1. GIDP - B Giles. Team LOB - 6. BASERUNNING: SB - M Loretta (4, 2nd base off B Myers/M Lieberthal). FIELDING: E - B Giles (6, throw); K Greene (15, throw). DP: 1 (K Greene-S Burroughs-P Nevin). ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA - 000 000 311 -- 5 SAN DIEGO - 000 100 001 -- 2 ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era B Myers (W, 6-8) 6 5 1 1 0 4 0 5.38 R Cormier (H, 19) 2/3 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.33 T Jones (H, 24) 1/3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.70 F Rodriguez (H, 17) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.35 T Worrell 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 3.86 SAN DIEGO ip h r er bb so hr era B Lawrence (L, 11-8) 6 2/3 4 2 2 1 3 0 3.74 S Linebrink (B, 4) 1/3 2 1 0 0 1 0 1.88 R Beck 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 6.75 J Witasick 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 3.29 HBP - P Polanco (by B Lawrence). Pitches-strikes: B Myers 92-67; R Cormier 8-5; T Jones 10-6; F Rodriguez 10-7; T Worrell 26-17; B Lawrence 100-64; S Linebrink 15-12; R Beck 14-10; J Witasick 23-13. Ground balls-fly balls: B Myers 7-6; R Cormier 1-0; T Jones 0-1; F Rodriguez 0-1; T Worrell 0-2; B Lawrence 9-8; S Linebrink 0-0; R Beck 1-1; J Witasick 2-1. Batters faced: B Myers 22; R Cormier 2; T Jones 2; F Rodriguez 3; T Worrell 6; B Lawrence 25; S Linebrink 3; R Beck 4; J Witasick 6. UMPIRES: HP--Ted Barrett. 1B--Lance Barksdale. 2B--Alfonso Marquez. 3B--Ed Rapuano. T--2:49. Att--37,134. Weather: 68 degrees, clear. Wind: 7 mph, left to right.


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