Slumping Padres swept by Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm •  Published: June 12, 2014
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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."