Brignac, Mayberry Lead Phillies over Padres
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yasmani Grandal spoiled Ken Giles’ major league debut with a homer.
Nothing else went right for the San Diego Padres.
Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth inning, John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Padres 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep Thursday in a game played in steady rain.
Brignac, who hit a three-run homer in the ninth to send the Phillies to a 3-0 victory a night earlier, lined a drive off Dale Thayer to the gap in left-center for a 4-2 lead.
Mayberry connected an inning later off Alex Torres. Making a spot start for Ryan Howard, Mayberry also doubled twice.
Giles, who became a fan favorite by throwing 100 mph in the minors, came in to get the last out. He threw a 100 mph fastball on his first pitch before Grandal hit an opposite-field homer on a 3-1 pitch.
“I was looking for a fastball,” Grandal said. “I was going to swing even if it was 10 feet over my head.”
Grandal has six homers, tied for the team lead with Seth Smith. But he’s only hitting .185.
“Hopefully that will pick him up,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He’s trying to get back on track.”
Kyle Kendrick (2-6) allowed one earned and seven hits, striking out five in six innings. He earned his second win in 20 starts, dating to last year.
The Phillies have their first three game-winning streak since May 17-20 and recorded just their second series sweep this season.
Padres starter Eric Stults (2-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, pitching on three days’ rest.
“It really didn’t feel any different than any other start,” he said. “I got back on a better track today.”
Mayberry led off Philadelphia’s sixth with his second double. Domonic Brown lined a single to right on an 0-2 pitch, chasing Stults.
Thayer came in to face Will Nieves, who hit a bouncer to third baseman Chase Headley. His high throw to the plate was in time to get Mayberry. Sandberg challenged the call, but a video review confirmed catcher Grandal tagged Mayberry before his foot touched the plate.
Thayer then struck out pinch-hitter Howard. But Brignac followed with a shot to the wall to give the Phillies a two-run lead.
Mayberry made it 7-2 with his fifth homer of the season in the seventh.
Black won a replay challenge in the third inning when a video review showed Ben Revere was out at first base following a drag bunt. Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single in Philadelphia’s first to move within two hits of breaking Mike Schmidt’s franchise record of 2,234.
The Padres jumped on Kendrick for two runs in the first. Will Venable led off with a single and Everth Cabrera followed with a single, snapping an 0-for-23 slump. After Seth Smith’s groundout, Headley hit an RBI double.
Smith scored when right fielder Marlon Byrd bobbled the ball for an error and Headley went to third. Kendrick has a 9.00 ERA in the first inning and batters are hitting .393 against him.
The Padres are hitting just .216, worst in the majors.
“It will turn around,” Black said.
NOTES: Howard wasn’t in the starting lineup vs. Stults, even though he’s 2 for 2 with two homers off him. … The Padres lost for only the 12th time when having a lead at any point in a game. … The Padres open a three-game set at the Mets. Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13) goes against New York’s Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31).
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