SAN DIEGO (AP)—Philadelphia reliever Rheal Cormier has been untouchable since his first appearance of the season, when he allowed five runs in one inning.
“He went above and beyond what he had to do,” said winner Randy Wolf, who pitched into the seventh, reached base twice and scored once as the Phillies took two of three from San Diego.
Wolf (4-2) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter. The Phillies had just five hits, one a double by Wolf.
Wolf allowed one run and two hits, struck out six and walked three. He allowed only two runners as far as second through six innings, then opened the seventh by allowing a a single by Brian Buchanan and walking Mark Kotsay, the first time the Padres had two runners in the same inning.
“It’s not the greatest of situations to come into,” Cormier said. “One bad pitch can change the whole game. I was fortunate enough to come in and throw a ball down and the guy rolls over for a double play and I get the next guy out.”
Cormier has not allowed a run in 13 2-3 innings in his nine appearances since allowing five runs in the seventh inning of an 8-3 loss at Florida on April 3.
“I remember his first outing back in Philly after that first outing, he wasn’t greeted too well,” Wolf said. “It’s good to see him really handle it, and come back and keep on throwing strikes. I think everybody in this clubhouse is happy he’s bounced back like that. He’s done a great job now for a while.”
So has the entire Philly staff. It was the third time in the last four games that a Phillies pitcher worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
“Where we are in wins and losses is right now 85 percent because of the pitching,” manager Larry Bowa said. “They’ve done a great job.”
Jose Mesa pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Philadelphia is 4-3 on a West Coast trip that continues with three games at Arizona.
“The Phillies have a nice pitching staff,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We really only had one opportunity and we came out of it with only one run.”
Padres right-hander Adam Eaton (1-3) left after five innings with a strained right groin, the second straight Padres starter to be forced out with an injury. Eaton, making his 14th start since having reconstructive elbow surgery in 2001, threw two warmup pitches before the top of the sixth and trainer Todd Hutcheson came out to the mound. Eaton was lifted for Mike Bynum.
Eaton said he hurt himself on the last pitch he threw in the fifth, a fastball to Jim Thome, who flied out to center. “As I turned to look, it kind of felt weird,” Eaton said. “It just got tighter and tighter. This is pretty minor.”
On Saturday night, Brian Lawrence left after six innings with pain in his right elbow. The Padres said Lawrence should be OK to make his next start, Thursday at Montreal.
San Diego has lost seven of eight.
Eaton fell behind early, walking leadoff batter Jimmy Rollins and allowing Jim Thome’s RBI single to left three batters later.
Eaton, traded from the Phillies to the Padres in a four-player deal in November 1999, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, struck out six and walked two. Eaton had lasted just 3 1-3 innings in his last start, against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, after striking out a career-high 12 at Chicago on April23.
Phillies third-base coach John Vukovich was ejected in the top of the first inning for saying something to plate umpire Bill Hohn after Jim Thome took a second called strike. Hohn took a few steps toward Vukovich and tossed him. Gary Varsho replaced Vukovich in the coaching box. … Eaton was Philadelphia’s first-round draft pick in 1996. … Wolf also walked in theseventh.