Giles homered for the third straight game and his aggressive slide in the sixth inning forced a two-run error, leading the San Diego Padres over the Phillies 9-6.
With the Padres trailing by one, Giles broke up a double-play by sliding into Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal, knocking Lieberthal off-balance and sending his throw into right field.
“I’m out, so if I can get there, I have to make sure they don’t get two,” Giles said of the play that scored the go-ahead run. “I hit him perfect: right when he was releasing and the ball sailed on him.”
Justin Germano went five innings for the win in his first major league appearance. Germano allowed four runs, five hits and four walks, but struck out five.
The 21-year-old displayed a good curve ball in front of several family members who had traveled down from New York for his debut.
“I had pregame jitters going into it, but I always do,” Germano said. “Once I was on the mound I was all right. I just had to realize it’s just the game of baseball that I’ve been playing all my life.”
Chase Utley also homered for the third time in as many nights for the Phillies, who had won four straight.
Roberto Hernandez (0-1) got the loss after relieving Phillies starter Josh Hancock to start the sixth and walking three of the first four batters he faced. Ramon Hernandez then tapped a ground ball back to the pitcher, who flipped to Lieberthal.
“We took advantage of some walks,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “To get two runs without any hits is always nice. We’ll take it.”
Klesko had a two-out, two-run single off Amaury Telemaco in the seventh that made it 7-4.
Giles reached base in all five plate appearances, drawing three walks, while scoring three runs. He is 7-for-16 with three home runs, six RBIs and eight runs scored in his last five games.
“It feels like we haven’t scored runs we’re capable of scoring, but it seems like every game we’re giving ourselves opportunities,” said Giles, who hit a solo homer in the fourth. “Eventually, you’re going to score 7, 8, 9 runs a game.”
Phil Nevin hit his fifth home run of the season for San Diego.
Hancock, making his first big league start since Sept. 26, 2002, gave up three runs and five hits in five innings. Hancock threw just 61 pitches before leaving with the lead.
Hancock’s first appearance since the last game of the 2003 season came in place of starter Randy Wolf, who missed his turn in the rotation because of elbow tendinitis. Wolf threw 40 pitches before the game and said that he expects to be ready for his next start.
“Hancock did a great job pitching on three days rest,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “He was only going to go six innings at the most.”
Rod Beck, who rejoined the Padres on Friday after missing over two months because of personal problem, made his first appearance and allowed one run on two hits in the seventh.
“It’s good to see ‘Shooter’ out there,” Bochy said. “He’s close to where he normally is. He just had bad luck.”
Utley hit a three-run homer to right to cap a four-run third inning. He now has four home runs and 16 RBIs since replacing the injured Placido Polanco.
The Padres scored two runs on four singles in the ninth to make it 9-5, and Philadelphia’s Pat Burrell had an RBI grounder in the bottom half off closerTrevor Hoffman.
Phillies RF Bobby Abreu had an RBI single in the third that extended his hitting streak to 11 games. … Tomas Perez made his first start of the season at 1B for injured Phillies Jim Thome (finger) and went 2-for-4. … Padres 2B Mark Loretta hit his team-leading 12th double of the year in the seventh inning. … Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5, scored three runsand stole his team-high 11th base.