Philadelphia (54-52) at San Diego (58-48)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 4, 2004
  • TV: ESPN2, Ch4
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Maybe the Philadelphia Phillies should ask for realignment.

They’ll look to continue their domination of NL West opponents in the second game of their series with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Philadelphia, which is 4 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, has flourished against teams from the West Coast, going 15-5 thus far this year.

The Phillies took Tuesday’s series opener 5-2, improving to 2-6 on their season-high 13-game road trip, which began with four straight losses at division-rival Florida and two defeats in three games at Chicago. The Phillies are 21-30 against the East.

“Hopefully, this win will get us on a roll,” said Brett Myers, who pitched six strong innings for his first win in nearly seven weeks. “We hadn’t been playing too well lately. We haven’t really jelled. Guys picked other guys up.”

Pinch-hitter Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh and Brett Myers pitched six strong innings for his first win in nearly seven weeks.

Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 32nd homer, a solo shot in the eighth to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead, and pinch-hitter Jason Michaels added an RBI infield hit in the ninth.

After finishing up with the Padres, the Phillies visit NL West-leading Los Angeles for three games.

The Padres lost for the third time in four games, and are tied with the Cubs for the NL wild card lead. San Diego got an RBI single from Brian Giles in the ninth inning and had the tying run at the plate before Ramon Hernandez fouled out.

Philadelphia is four games off the pace in the wild-card race.

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