The Phillies got on board first with a walk, a ground out and a single by Ryan Howard to bring the run home. Howard was caught between first and second on the play to end the top of the fourth.
The Padres struck quickly in the bottom half of the frame. Brian Giles hit the first pitch he saw over the right field wall to knot the game at one.
The floodgates opened in the fifth. Two straight hits opened the inning and Miguel Olivio fielded a sacrifice attempt and tried to make an acrobatic throw to third. The ball sailed wide of the bag and into left field, allowing the first run to score. A single by Jimmy Rollins loaded the bases before Kenny Lofton notched a base knock to score two, chasing Chan Ho Park.
“Olivio threw it away,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We gave them five outs.”
Clay Hensley came on in relief and served up a base hit up the guy to Chase Utley to bring home another run. After an error by Eric Young loaded the bases, still with no one out, Pat Burrell and Howard notched consecutive singles to bring in three more and make the score 8-1. Hensley followed by getting three straight Phils to close the seven run inning.
Park threw 86 pitches in his four plus innings of work, 45 for strikes. He was charged with six runs, five earned, on five hits and three walks.
The score stayed the same until the bottom of the eighth. Two lasers up the gut off Rheal Cormier started the one-out rally. Brian Giles then walked to load the bases. Ryan Klesko took the count to 3-2 before hitting into a fielder’s choice to score a run and make it 8-2. Another run scored on a wild pitch.
“It is getting old getting swept,” said Bochy. “A tough, long day. We are not going to win the division if we don’t win games.”