Phillies 9, Padres 6: Jay Bruce and Jerad Eickhoff stop the losing skid

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Phillies 9, Padres 6: Jay Bruce and Jerad Eickhoff stop the losing skid originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com

SAN DIEGO - The Phillies needed a stopper Tuesday night.

They got two of them.

Jerad Eickhoff delivered a quality start and newcomer Jay Bruce drove in six runs with a two-run homer and a grand slam to help the Phillies end a season-high five-game losing streak with a 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The Phils hit four homers.

The victory came just hours after the Phillies learned that leadoff man Andrew McCutchen was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

The win was the Phillies' first on the road trip. They had lost the previous four, three in Los Angeles and one in San Diego. The victory allowed the Phils to remain a half-game up on second-place Atlanta in the NL East.

The Phils are 34-27.

The keys

• Eickhoff had been hit hard in his previous four starts. He gave up 25 hits and 17 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings over that span. He was a lot better in this one. He signature curveball was effective and he seemed to deliver his fastball with more authority. He went six innings and gave up four hits and three runs. He walked none and struck out five. It was a much-needed quality start.

• The offense finally came alive.

The Phillies scored just eight runs while hitting .168 (21 for 125) in the first four games of the trip. They erupted for 13 hits in this game and scored nine runs. They had seven extra-base hits, matching their total from the previous four games.

Bruce clubbed homers in the fourth and fifth innings. He also had a double. His grand slam in the fifth was the ninth of his career.

Scott Kingery played a brilliant game on both sides of the ball.

A new third baseman?

Kingery made his second straight start at third base in place of slumping Maikel Franco.

Before the game, manager Gabe Kapler said, "Scott will get a look at third base for a little bit."

Kingery might be seizing the job. He had a big game at the plate with an RBI double and a booming solo homer to left. He also made several nice defensive plays, including a highlight-reel dive and throw across the diamond in the fourth inning.

Franco came off the bench with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth.

Seranthony looks good

The Padres did some damage against rookie reliever Edgar Garcia in the eighth to make it a three-run game. Seranthony Dominguez came on and restored order with a pair of strikeouts and a fly ball with a man on first. Dominguez was dominant with a 98-mph heater.

Hector Neris got the save.

Surviving the loss

Before the game, Kapler talked about how the team would handle the loss of McCutchen.

Up next

The series and the road trip come to an end on Wednesday afternoon. Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.96) pitches against San Diego rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill (1-2, 5.14).

Quantrill's dad, Paul, pitched for the Phillies in 1994 and 1995.

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