Phillies Use Extras to Beat Padres

Ryan Howard hit a two-run, opposite-field double to left field with two outs in the 11th inning and the Phillies beat the Padres 4-2 on Saturday night.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won the first three games of this series, with reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay scheduled to start Sunday's finale. Overall, the Phillies have won 10 straight and 14 of 15 at Petco Park since the 2008 season.

Placido Polanco hit a leadoff single off Chad Qualls (0-2) to start the rally, was sacrificed by Shane Victorino and took third on Peter Orr's groundout. Padres manager Bud Black chose to intentionally walk Jimmy Rollins ahead of Howard, who was wearing the “golden sombrero” (having struck out in each of his first four at-bats) and then bring in lefty reliever Cory Luebke to face the lefty slugger.

Howard hit a ball to deep left that Ryan Ludwick couldn't get his glove on it.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Ryan Madson pitched the 11th for his second save in as many chances.

The Padres scored their first run in 22 innings when Cameron Maybin singled off Joe Blanton leading off the first and came around on Jason Bartlett's triple to right-center. The Padres failed to add on, though. Orlando Hudson walked and Bartlett was caught in a rundown when Nick Hundley grounded back to Blanton. That put runners on second and third with one out. Hudson was held at third on Jorge Cantu's fly ball to right and Ludwick struck out to end the inning.

The Phillies tied it when Ben Francisco tripled to right-center with two outs in the fourth to bring in Rollins, who was aboard on a walk. Maybin, the center fielder, tried to make a diving catch but missed it by two feet.

The Padres regained the lead on Hundley's double down the left-field line that brought in Maybin, aboard on a leadoff single.

Philly's Orr reached on a double down the right-field line with one out in the sixth. Umpire Mike DiMuro hesitated for a moment before ruling it fair. Orr then scored on Rollins' single to center.

Blanton allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked two.

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