Phillies 6, Padres 4

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Vicente Padilla’s potential elbow problem turned out to be a false alarm.

Padilla worked six innings for his fourth straight win, and Tomas Perez hit a two-run homer in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

“Padilla gave us six good innings,” manager Larry Bowa said. “He said he was empty after the sixth.”

Bowa was alerted that Padilla had a tender elbow while throwing a side session two days ago. There was enough concern that Padilla could miss a start that the Phillies activated 21-year old Elizardo Ramirez from Single-A Clearwater before the game.

“He complained about tenderness when he was throwing on the side session,” Bowa said. “That’s when we got the heads-up. We needed a pitcher if he couldn’t go.”

Padilla (4-4) struggled, but pitched well enough to get the victory. He gave up three runs—one earned—on eight hits, struck out five and hit two batters.

“Padilla didn’t have the velocity. He wasn’t overpowering. He had to pitch a little more, had to be more crafty,” Phillies catcher Todd Pratt said.

Rheal Cormier and Roberto Hernandez each tossed a scoreless inning, and Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven opportunities as the Phillies took two of three games from San Diego.

Worrell made things interesting, though. With two outs, he loaded the bases and walked pinch-hitter Adam Eaton to make it 6-4. He then got Miguel Ojeda to ground out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who flipped to second baseman Chase Utley.

The Pirates were short-handed on the bench when Jay Payton was ejected by first-base umpire James Hoye for arguing a call in the eighth. San Diego manager Bruce Bochy had to use pitcher Eaton as a pinch hitter in the ninth.

“The last thing we need was to lose him,” Bochy said. “I’m still upset at the call. It was a bad call.”

In the eighth, Payton hit a slow roller to first baseman Shawn Wooten. Pitcher Roberto Hernandez and Wooten both went to the bag before Wooten tagged it. Replays showed that Payton beat Wooten to the bag.

Brian Lawrence (6-3), who won his last four starts, struggled with his command. He tied a season high with four walks and allowed four runs on five hits in five innings.

Padilla dealt with baserunners in every inning, but was aided by a pair of double plays, including in the sixth when right fielder Bobby Abreu caught a flyball and doubled up Payton at first base.

Perez, filling in for the injured Jim Thome, redeemed himself for a defensive blunder early in the game with a two-run homer off Lawrence in the fourth which tied it at 3-3. It was Perez’s third homer of the season.

The Phillies took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on Pat Burrell’s single.

Pratt added a two-run single in the eighth off Dennis Tankersley, padding the lead to 6-3.

San Diego scored a pair of unearned runs off Padilla in the fourth. After Payton led off with a double, Ramon Hernandez hit a grounder to third baseman David Bell, who made the throw to first, but Perez came off the bag too early in making a return throw to third. Both runners were safe on the error.

Lawrence got an RBI groundout, and Sean Burroughs hit an RBI single as the Padres took a 3-1 lead.

San Diego opened the scoring in the second with Hernandez’s homer to right field.

Philadelphia tied it at 1 in the third on Rollins’ first homer of theseason.

Notes

Ramirez will stay with the Phillies and pitch in long relief. … New 76ers coach Jim O’Brien threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games, but saw his streak of 11 games with a run scored end. … Thome missed his fifth straight game with a ligament strained in his right index finger and left thumb. … 1B Phil Nevin wasn’t in the Padres starting lineup. He’s 0-for-7 lifetime against Padilla. He pinch hitin the ninth and struck out.

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