After going 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his first six starts, Wolf is 3-0 in his last four outings with a 3.69 ERA.
On Thursday, the left-hander got a rare win against the Florida Marlins, allowing five runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-5 victory. Wolf had been 2-12 against the Marlins, including a pair of losses in April.
“When you have a record like that against a team you take one any way you can,” Wolf said.
Although they’re still in last place in the NL East, the Phillies are coming off a tough stretch in which they went 7-5 against four teams that started each series in first place, winning two of three against St. Louis, Baltimore and Atlanta. They lost two of three to Florida, but were 5-4 on a crucial nine-game road trip that concluded with a loss to the Braves on Sunday.
“We showed ourselves we can definitely play with the leading teams in baseball,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
While the Phillies showed signs of life on the road, they now play 35 of their next 48 games at Citizens Bank Park.
“I think that’s a big part of our season right there,” Manuel said. “I think that we’re ideal for our yard.”
In Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the Braves, starter Brett Myers gave up five hits and four runs in five innings as his ERA (2.06) climbed above 2.00 for the first time this season.
San Francisco, meanwhile, is trying to avoid a season-high five-game losing streak.
On Sunday, the Giants and ace Jason Schmidt fell to the first-place San Diego Padres 9-6, completing a three-game sweep. It was the Padres’ first sweep of the Giants in San Francisco since Sept. 25-27, 1995.
Walker, who allowed a tiebreaking three-run homer to Phil Nevin in Saturday’s 5-3 loss, allowed three runs in the ninth inning Sunday and recorded only one out. The righty is still San Francisco’s closer despite his latest struggles.
“I had a problem executing my pitches with runners on base,” he said. “I’m relaxed, confident. I didn’t get the job done.”
LaTroy Hawkins made his Giants debut in the eighth, one day after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. He retired the side in order, capped by a strikeout of Ryan Klesko, and received a warm ovation as he walked to the dugout. He arrived only a couple hours before game time.
“That was cool, definitely a sigh of relief, especially where I came from,” he said.