SAN DIEGO (AP)Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night in a matchup of struggling teams.
The Padres have lost eight of nine and are slipping in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. The Padres’ loss, along with Cincinnati’s 5-3 win over the Marlins on Friday, moved San Diego and Cincinnati into a tie in the wild-card race.
Philadelphia is four games back in the NL wild-card standings.
The Phillies scored three runs in the third inning against Padres starter Blake Snell. With two out, Jean Segura walked and stole second base. J.T. Realmuto doubled home Segura, and Harper followed with a long home run to right field off an 84-mph slider.
Trailing 3-0, the Padres scored two in the bottom of third against Philadelphia starter Matt Moore. One batter after Tommy Pham walked, Manny Machado hit a low line-drive homer that hit the top of the left-field fence and bounced into the stands.
In the sixth inning against Phillies reliever Hector Neris, San Diego loaded the bases with two outs. However, Tommy Pham grounded out weakly to shortstop Ronald Torreyes, ending the threat.
Philadelphia added an insurance run in the eighth for a 4-2 lead. Andrew McCutchen hit a double to left field off Emilio Pagan, driving in Segura from first base.
Hosmer, who reach based four times via a single and three walks, led off the eighth with a free pass against Phillies reliever Archie Bradley and moved to third on a single to center by Wil Myers. Bradley then struck out Adam Frazier and pinch-hitter Trent Grisham before walking Pham to load the bases.
Exit Bradley in favor of Phillies closer Ian Kennedy.
Ian Kennedy replaced Bradley and faced Fernando Tatis Jr. with the bases loaded and two out. Kennedy hit Tatis in the helmet with a fastball, forcing in a run. Tatis dusted himself off and was not injured on the play.
Machado eventually struck out. But during the at-bat, San Diego manager Jayce Tingler was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. After the strikeout, Machado was ejected during a heated argument with the home plate umpire. Machado chucked his batting gloves at home plate as he walked back to the dugout.
Neris (2-5) earned the victory in relief for the Phillies, and Kennedy earned his 20th save by retiring the Padres in order in the ninth. Snell (6-5) took the loss.
Phillies: CF Odubel Herrera (right elbow swelling) is day to day after he was hit on the right elbow with a pitch on Aug. 19 against the Diamondbacks. … 1B Rhys Hoskins (strained left groin), who is on the 10-day IL, might return on August 21. Hoskins fielded ground balls and took batting practice on Friday. … LHP Jose Alvarado (left shoulder impingement), also on the 10-day IL, threw a bullpen session on Friday. Alvarado will throw another session on Sunday.
Padres: Newly acquired RHP Jake Arrieta (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL, two days after he exited his first Padres outing in the fourth inning of San Diego’s loss to the Rockies on Aug. 18. … RHP Yu Darvish (lower back tightness) threw a bullpen session on Friday, his first since he exited his start on Aug. 12. Manager Jayce Tingler would not put a timetable on a potential Darvish return. . RHP Chris Paddack (left oblique strain) threw off the front slope of the mound on Wednesday, then went through an intensive bullpen session on Friday in which he threw 25 pitches. … .RHP Dinelson Lamet (right forearm inflammation) threw a bullpen session on Thursday, his first since a hip he incurred in mid-August. Lamet, who has spent four stints on the IL with elbow/forearm related issues this season, is being prepped to return as a reliever in September. … .LHP Drew Pomeranz (left flexor tendon tear) was moved to the 60-day IL and is not expected to return until next season.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (7-7, 4.48 ERA) takes the hill.
Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (8-8, 3.11 ERA) starts in the second game of the three-game series.
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