Kevin Millwood has not had a four-start winless streak this season.
In three starts since pitching a three-hit shutout against the Montreal Expos on July 9, Millwood is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA.
On Sunday, the 28-year-old right-hander had his third-shortest outing of the season, lasting just 3 1-3 innings. He gave up six runs—five earned—and nine hits, but did not get a decision in the Phillies’ 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins.
Although he bruised his right forearm when he was hit by a one-hopper in the fourth, Millwood insisted he felt fine.
“My arm didn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I just didn’t have it. I’ve been terrible, to say the least.”
The Phillies will need a much better effort from Millwood as they try to extend their winning streak to four games.
Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday with a 7-3 win. Brandon Duckworth pitched seven strong innings for his first victory in 11 starts, and Tomas Perez and Placido Polanco both hit three-run homers.
With the win, the Phillies extended their lead to 1 1/2 games over the idle Florida Marlins in the NL wild-card race.
“We have to win the wild card and anytime you can get a win for the team, that’s all that matters,” Duckworth said.
The Padres head to the Vet after splitting the first six games of their 10-game road trip. On Thursday, Gary Matthews Jr. homered and Mark Loretta drove in three runs to lead San Diego to a 10-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his 14th save in as many chances, and Loretta said the veteran closer has stabilized the Padres’ formerly erratic bullpen since he was called up from the minors.
“We feel now that when we go into the seventh or eighth with a lead, we’ll win the game,” Loretta said. “That wasn’t the case early in the season.”
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 26 1/2 GB, NL West. Phillies - 2nd place, 10 1/2 GB, NL East.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Jarvis (4-2, 3.91 ERA). Jarvis has been spectacular of late, allowing no more than two earned runs in four straight starts. He’s 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA in that span. On Saturday, he had one of his best games of the season, giving up one run and eight hits over eight innings in a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. In seven career games against the Phillies, Jarvis is 4-0 with a 2.44 ERA,
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Millwood (10-8, 4.00 ERA). In nine career games against the Padres, Millwood is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Loretta, .320 avg. and 46 runs; Ryan Klesko, 20 HRs and 59 RBIs; Ramon Vazquez, 9 SBs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .321 avg.; Jim Thome, 27 HRs, 80 RBIs and 71 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 14 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - LF Rondell White is batting .300 (6-for-20) in his career against RHP Millwood. … 2B Loretta is 32-of-84 (.381) with runners in scoring position. … The Padres went 14-12 in July, their first winning month since April 2002. Phillies - 1B Thome sat out with a strained left groin on Thursday, but expects to return Friday. … RF Bobby Abreu is just 1-for-9 (.111) with four strikeouts in his career against RHP Jarvis. … CF Marlon Byrd is batting .327 (17-for-52) during his career-high 12-game hitting streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 20-35 on the road; Phillies - 32-23 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL. Phillies - 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL.