SAN DIEGO -- Rhys Hoskins introduced himself to the baseball world with a pair of loud home runs on Monday at Petco Park, but the Padres' methodical sixth-inning rally spoiled a big night for the Phillies' sixth-ranked prospect.
Jose Pirela's two-run single capped a four-run sixth, sending San Diego to a series-opening 7-4 victory. Cory Spangenberg, who went 3-for-3, tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with his third homer in the past two games.
"[His power] is there," said Padres manager Andy Green. "There's no doubt. We've seen it repetitively now. We've seen it to the deepest part of this ballpark. We've seen it to the opposite field."
Hoskins put the Phillies on top in the fourth inning with his first career big league blast -- a 110 mph missile off the facing of the second deck in left field. (The visiting dugout would greet him with a prolonged version of the silent treatment.) For an encore, he smashed a seventh-inning shot 401 feet into the left-center field seats.
"I think it's something that, obviously, you dream about," Hoskins said. "You dream about getting here. But you dream about hitting a home run here. I don't know. I don't really remember it, to be completely honest."
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It wasn't enough for the slumping Phils, who have lost four of their last five. Starter Jerad Eickhoff had to grind through five innings, allowing two runs. He exited with a 3-2 lead, but Ricardo Pinto allowed four in the sixth, and the Padres 'pen made it hold up.
"It wasn't exactly how you draw it up," Eickhoff said. "I got the first hitter out in the first inning and that was it. That was frustrating, and not being able to go deep in the game knowing these bullpen guys have been kind of taxed a little bit. For me that was the most frustrating thing."
Kirby Yates returned from the family leave list to pitch a perfect eighth inning, and Brad Hand, whose ERA dropped to 2.19, escaped some trouble in the ninth to seal the victory. He's pitched scoreless ball in 25 of his last 26 outings.
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Fielder's choice: Spangenberg opened the sixth with a walk, before Matthew Szczur hit a slow chopper to short, where Freddy Galvis would've had an easy out at first. He went to second instead, where Spangenberg slid safely ahead of the throw. The play opened the floodgates. Hedges followed with a game-tying single, and Carlos Asuaje gave the Padres the lead later in the frame with a sacrifice fly. More >>
"One through nine, all of us don't give up until the end of the game," Spangenberg said. "We're a competitive team. I like where we're at right now."
Game-tying Odubel:Odubel Herrera extended his big league-best hitting streak to 17 games with a double in the third. It is the Phillies' longest since Raul Ibanez's 18-game hitting streak in 2010. It tied the game at 1 and could have given the Phillies the lead, if not for a perfectly executed relay and tag by the Padres. Asuaje's throw from second was on the money, and Hedges only barely applied the swipe tag to the back of Galvis' head.
"Well, I was running back to the dugout and Tom [Joseph] was walking up and he kind of stone-colded me. I immediately knew it was coming. I started laughing. I went into the fake handshakes. That was fun. Something I'll remember." - Hoskins, on getting the silent treatment following his fourth-inning homer
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Spangenberg already has more home runs in the second half of the season (six) than he did in the entire first half (five). He's merely keeping up with a career trend. Spangenberg is a notorious second-half hitter. He's batting .306/.370/.507 in games played after the All-Star break, compared with a .251/.297/.355 career mark in the first half.
Phillies: Phillies right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. (1-2, 4.08 ERA) starts the second game of the three-game series against the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park. Leiter replaces Vince Velasquez, who is on the disabled list with a middle finger injury. Leiter got the nod because he pitched well in long relief in his last two appearances, striking out 16 and allowing one run in 9 1/3 innings.
Padres: Since the Padres asked Dinelson Lamet to increase his slider usage last month, the rookie right-hander has been excellent, posting a 2.31 ERA over his past four outings. Lamet will start the middle game Tuesday night against Philadelphia with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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