PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chase Utley needed just one swing to turn a
rough night into an ideal ending.
The second baseman hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of
the 11th inning Friday night and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated
the San Diego Padres 8-6.Ryan Howard homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies,
who snapped a two-game losing streak.Mark Loretta and Brian Giles hit consecutive homers and Geoff
Blum had three hits, including a homer, for the Padres, who lost
their fifth straight despite overcoming two three-run deficits.Aaron Fultz (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win."This game had a lot of ups and downs. Fortunately for us, it
ended on an up," Utley said.San Diego's Akinori Otsuka worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out
jam in the 10th before the Phillies won the game off Paul Quantrill
(1-1) in the 11th.After getting the first two outs, Quantrill surrendered a
pinch-hit single to Jason Michaels. Utley, who was 0-for-5 and had
one hit in his last 13 at-bats, drove a 2-2 fastball into the
right-center field seats -- a 406-foot shot -- for his 13th homer."No hits going into the last at-bat, it was a rough night,"
said Utley, who also committed an error. "I got down in the count
and choked up on the bat. I just wanted to put the ball in play."It was the Phillies' third walk-off homer of the season and
second on the homestand. Howard hit a two-run homer in a 5-4,
10-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday."I was trying to go down and away and just left it up,"
Quantrill said. "It's a situation where I don't want to go 3-2,
but I got to make a better pitch there."Phillies manager Charlie Manuel still couldn't believe what
happened over the last two innings."Bases loaded and no outs and we don't score. Then, two outs, a
pinch-single and a two-strike homer. I don't know what you call it,
but it's good," he said.San Diego's Ramon Hernandez hit a leadoff double off Ugueth
Urbina in the eighth and Blum followed with a double to right.
Hernandez was thrown out trying to score with two great relay
throws by center fielder Endy Chavez and Utley.Hernandez appeared he may have slid around the tag of catcher
Mike Lieberthal, but plate umpire Bill Hohn called him out."(Hernandez) looked like he thought the ball was going to be
caught and got too close to the bag," San Diego manager Bruce
Bochy said. "They made a great relay, a really strong throw by
Utley."Urbina escaped the jam, striking out Xavier Nady and getting
Dave Roberts to foul out to third for the final out, stranding Blum
on third base.With the score tied at 3 in the sixth, David Bell hit an RBI
double and pinch-hitter Chavez added a two-run single as the
Phillies took a 6-3 lead.San Diego answered right back against the Phillies' bullpen.
Blum hit his fifth homer -- a solo shot off Rheal Cormier -- and Ryan
Klesko tied it at 6 with a two-out, two-run single off Ryan Madson."It's a tough loss," Bochy said. "We had two good comebacks.
We swung the bats better. That's a good sign."Philadelphia starter Vicente Padilla pitched six effective
innings but his scoreless streak was stopped at 17 innings. He
surrendered three runs and four hits, walking two and striking out
a season-high six.Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead off Tim Stauffer on Howard's sixth
homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning. He added
a RBI single two innings later.San Diego pushed across three runs in the fifth to tie the game.
Loretta hit a flyball that landed in the flower box just over the
left-field fence for his first homer of the season. Giles hit a
much longer drive deep into the right field seats for his 10th
Padilla's prior longest shutout streak was 14 1/3 innings
in 2003. ... Howard has six homers and 17 RBI in his last 20
games. ... Urbina had his 8 1/3 inning hitless streak snapped in
the eighth. Batters were 0-for-26 before Hernandez's double. Urbina
still owns a 9 1/3 innings scoreless streak... Philadelphia closer
Billy Wagner committed a balk in the ninth inning -- the Phillies'
eighth balk, tying Houston for the NL high.