Utley homers in second consecutive game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Robinson Tejeda was wild -- and very effective.

The rookie right-hander allowed just two singles over six innings and Chase Utley homered for the second straight game as Philadelphia defeated the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Saturday.

The Phillies, who also had a busy day off the field, have taken the first two games of the series while slumping San Diego lost its sixth straight.

The Padres acquired third baseman Joe Randa from Cincinnati for minor-league right-handers Justin Germano and Travis Chick. They also optioned third baseman Sean Burroughs to Triple-A Portland and purchased the contract of left-hander Craig Breslow from Double-A Mobile.

San Diego might not be done dealing, either. The Padres were discussing a trade that would send first baseman Phil Nevin to
Baltimore for pitcher Sidney Ponson but had yet to ask the slugger to waive his limited no-trade clause.

"I haven't talked to anybody about [that trade]," said Nevin, who went 1-for-3 with a walk. "Decisions will be made on what's best for us."

The Orioles are one of eight teams Nevin can block a trade to.

"I've got a home in California. I've earned the right to be in this spot," he said.

Padres manager Bruce Bochy had other things on his mind.

"We're having trouble scoring runs right now," he said. "I'm just concentrating on getting the team straightened out."

San Diego was shut out for the fourth time in 11 games.

"We've got to get this offense going," Bochy said. "We need one big hit, then it gets contagious."

Tejeda (2-2), Philadelphia's No. 5 starter, had his last turn skipped because of an off day. He walked five batters Saturday but still got the job done.

"He was wild enough to be effective," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's not afraid and will challenge you even when he falls behind in the count."

Tejeda struck out five for the third consecutive start and tripled in the fifth for his first major-league hit.

"I felt fresh," he said. "The [extra rest] was a good thing. I felt strong throughout the game."

Ryan Madson, Rheal Cormier and Billy Wagner polished off the four-hit shutout with an inning apiece. Wagner got his 21st save in 23 opportunities.

Tejeda has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies since they moved him into the rotation on June 8. He hasn't allowed a run in four of his seven starts.

"I was kind of concerned about his fastball in the beginning of the game, but it came along as the game went along," Manuel said. "It was a very good effort."

Utley connected off starter Pedro Astacio (0-1) for a 404-foot homer to right-center to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth
inning. The second baseman won Friday's game with a two-run homer in the 11th, giving the Phillies an 8-6 victory.

Utley also helped Philadelphia score in the sixth. He beat out an infield hit when Astacio, who was covering first, couldn't find the bag with his foot. Utley's aggressive baserunning on Bobby Abreu's single got him to third, and he scored on Ryan Howard's
sacrifice fly.

The Phillies, who have the fewest errors in the majors with 48, played solid defense behind Tejeda. Third baseman David Bell came up with the play of the game, robbing Mark Loretta of a potential game-tying extra-base hit in the fifth inning with a diving stop down the line.

In the seventh, Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins ended a Padres threat with a nifty 4-6-3 double play against the speedy Dave Roberts.

"We're not catching any breaks," Nevin said. "We got a great performance from Astacio."

Astacio pitched six innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He fanned five and walked three in his second start for the Padres.

Game notes
The Phillies are 7-1 against the Padres since 2004. ... Phillies first baseman Jim Thome, out since July with elbow tendinitis, took batting practice before the game and will travel to the spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla., to continue his workout program. ... Breslow made his major-league debut with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and three strikeouts.