San Diego (8-3) at Philadelphia (4-5)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 18, 2009
  • TV: Ch4, WPHL
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Brett Myers knows exactly what his problem has been through two starts—the home run ball.

Myers hopes to keep the San Diego Padres in the ballpark Saturday night when the Philadelphia Phillies continue a four-game home series.

In his first two outings, Myers (1-1, 5.54 ERA) has allowed six homers—the most in baseball. He gave up three last Saturday, although he notched his first win in an 8-4 victory at Colorado by yielding four runs over seven innings.

In his first start on opening day, Myers gave up three homers to Atlanta in a 4-1 loss on April 5.

“I just want to be able to make a mistake and get away with one. That’s it, just one, and I’ll feel a lot better about it,” Myers said. “Right now it’s not happening. We won, that’s all that matters.

“I felt good. Same thing with the Braves game, make a couple of mistakes and they’re hitting them. Nothing really you can do about it, except don’t make mistakes, but that’s going to happen over the course of a game.”

The right-hander has never allowed a homer in three career starts against San Diego, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Myers, though, hasn’t started versus the Padres since July 24, 2005.

His last appearance against San Diego came on Aug. 25, 2007, as a closer and he gave up two solo homers in the top of the ninth of a 4-3 loss.

The Padres (8-3) maintained their strong start to the season with an 8-7 win Friday. Scott Hairston homered and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as San Diego rallied from a 7-1 deficit.

“It was a great comeback win against a very good ballclub,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “We just hung in there and the bullpen did a great job.”

Philadelphia’s bullpen gave up three runs over three innings to continue a difficult three-game stretch. Phillies relievers have a 13.50 ERA over the last three games.

San Diego, meanwhile, got 5 1-3 scoreless innings from five relievers to improve to 3-1 on a nine-game road trip.

Chase Utley hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run first inning for Philadelphia (4-5), which has lost two straight since a three-game winning streak.

Struggling leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 to raise his average from .111 to .125. Rollins has five hits in 40 at-bats, has scored a total of three runs and is 3-for-16 (.188) in his career against Shawn Hill, who will start for San Diego on Saturday.

Hill (1-0, 3.60) won his Padres debut by allowing two runs in five innings in a 69-pitch outing in a 7-3 victory over San Francisco on April 10.

“My arm strength isn’t quite where I want it to be. I’d like to get stronger. I feel like I’m still playing catchup at this point,” Hill told the Padres’ official Web site.

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA in five career outings against Philadelphia.

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Starting Pitchers

S. Hill Det vs. B. Myers Cle
1-1 Record 4-3
5.25 ERA 4.84
7 K 50
3 BB 23
1.50 WHIP 1.37

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Saturday, Apr 18