The Phillies staged a game-tying rally late in the game, but it wasn't enough. They lost, 4-3, to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. It was the Phils' fourth straight loss, dropping them to a majors-worst 28-57 on the season.
The Phillies are 11-22 in one-run games.
Austin Hedges had a big night for the Padres, who are just 37-49 in the season. He belted a pair of solo homers and broke a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly to center in the top of the ninth.
The Phillies tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. They had two runners on base with one out in the bottom the eighth, but couldn't get the go-ahead run home.
The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 34 minutes in the seventh inning.
Starting pitching report
Nick Pivetta had another good start; he just made some mistakes that landed over the wall. The tall right-hander gave up just three runs in seven innings. All of the runs came on solo home runs. Control has been an issue for Pivetta, but he walked none in this outing while striking out seven. Pivetta has worked 14 innings in his last two outings and allowed just four runs. He has pitched seven innings in his three of his last five starts.
San Diego lefty Clayton Richard held the Phillies to one run over six innings.
Pat Neshek preserved a 3-3 tie with scoreless work in the top of the eighth.
Hector Neris took the loss. He entered a tie game in the top of the ninth inning and gave up a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.
San Diego right-hander Phil Maton gave up two runs in the eighth as the Phillies tied the game.
Brad Hand allowed a walk and a single in a tie game in the eighth, but came back to strike out Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp to keep the game tied. He got the win. Brandon Maurer got the save. He struck out all three batters he faced.
At the plate
Tommy Joseph had a good night. He reached base four times with a double, a homer and two walks.
Joseph got the Phils on the board with his 15th homer of the season in the fourth inning. The Phillies rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Rupp singled and pinch-hitter Nick Williams doubled. They scored on a groundout by Daniel Nava and a single by Freddy Galvis, respectively.
The Padres jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the strength of three solo homers, one by Jose Pirela and two by Hedges.
Joseph is on the trading block (see story).
The series continues Saturday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. start. Aaron Nola (6-5, 3.73) pitches against San Diego's Jhoulys Chacin (7-7, 4.52)
Jerad Eickhoff will come off the disabled list to start for the Phillies in the final game before the All-Star break Sunday.