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Homers, Lamet help Padres sink Phillies

August 15, 2017

SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg has been red-hot for the past week. Hector Sanchez joined him Tuesday night, as the Padres cruised to an 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at Petco Park.Spangenberg knocked in half of San Diego's runs, including a solo homer in the fourth inning off one of the

SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg has been red-hot for the past week. Hector Sanchez joined him Tuesday night, as the Padres cruised to an 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at Petco Park.
Spangenberg knocked in half of San Diego's runs, including a solo homer in the fourth inning off one of the palm trees in center field. It was his fourth dinger in the past three games. Sanchez also went deep and had two hits, giving rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet more than enough support.
"Every hitter gets hot at some point," Spangenberg said. "That's just where I am, and I'm trying to take full advantage of it."

Lamet allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings, tying the longest start of his career. Last month, the Padres asked Lamet to increase his slider usage, and he owns a 2.37 ERA in five starts since.
Lament takes no-no into fifth
The only blip on his performance was a two-run missile by Jorge Alfaro in the top of the fifth inning, the first homer of his career. At 114.2 mph, according to Statcast™, it was the hardest-struck home run by a Phillie in the past three years. Rhys Hoskins would tack on a two-run shot in the ninth, his third of the series.
Alfaro's first homer a bolt

"I felt like I was dreaming running the bases," Alfaro said. "I didn't feel like that before. It feels like the hard work paid off, you know? I don't know how to describe the feeling. It feels really nice, really good."
Phillies starter Mark Leiter allowed eight runs -- though only four were earned -- over five innings, as the Padres clinched their first season series victory against Philadelphia since 2006. They're undefeated in their last five series at home.
"It's a team win," Sanchez said. "We're playing like a team. We're playing like a family."
First thing's first: With two outs in the first, Yangervis Solarte smacked an opposite-field double over the glove of Hoskins, putting the Padres on top, 1-0. Phillies starter Mark Leiter couldn't stop the bleeding. After William Myers worked a walk, Spangenberg tacked on a gapper of his own, plating two, and the Padres had a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish.
"I just took a bad route," Hoskins said. "He hit it a little better than I thought."

Extra outs: The Padres' five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth was aided by some shoddy Philadelphia defense. Maikel Franco misplayed Myers' bouncer to third, loading the bases with one out. Spangenberg followed with a fielder's choice that plated a run. On the next pitch, he broke for second, and was nailed by Alfaro's throw. Solarte scored from third when the ball got away. And Sanchez would plate Spangenberg with a two-run shot.
"I think Mikey was getting too anxious to turn a double play," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He got ahead of himself."
"If I'm a fan showing up at a ballpark, he's as fun of a guy to watch as there is, because he plays hard all the time, plays with an edge, can drive the ball out of the park, steal a base. He's a fun guy to watch play baseball." -- Padres manager Andy Green, on Spangenberg
"I'm still a little late with my timing. (Lamet) had some velocity to him, but I was pretty unhappy that I wasn't able to make an adjustment. That's what this game is about. We'll get back in the cage tomorrow and see if I can get on time." -- Hoskins, on hitting his third homer in two games
Statcast™ has recorded the Phillies putting nearly 11,500 balls in play since 2015. Only Odubel Herrera has hit one harder than Alfaro's homer in the fifth. Herrera hit a double 114.6 mph on May 9.
Carter Capps' scoreless eighth inning was his first appearance without allowing a run since he returned from Tommy John surgery earlier this month. The Padres right-hander induced a pair of groundouts and a single before getting Freddy Galvis to fly to right.
"He was in the strike zone," said Green. "He's feeling better and better on a big league mound. Those are really positive things. I know he's going to get back to where he's punching guys out. But right now, you've got some soft contact. … Overall, it's a big step in the right direction." 
Phillies:Nick Pivetta pitches the series finale against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park. Pivetta has allowed 11 homers in eight starts since July 1, and five have come on pitches to the center of the strike zone, according to Statcast™. Only the Mariners' Ariel Miranda has allowed more homers on these "middle-middle" pitches during that time.
Padres:Clayton Richard cruised through six innings against the Phillies on July 7 before his start was cut short due to rain. The veteran left-hander will face Philadelphia again in Wednesday afternoon's series finale. First pitch is slated for 12:40 p.m. PT.
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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.