The Phillies were just too good for the Padres this week. And to make matters worse, Jake Peavy got the flu and Scott Hairston was put on the disabled list with a muscle strain.
Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer off Chris Young (who allowed three runs on five hits and also walked three batters) and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. It was Howard's second homer of the series and the sixth for the Phillies. Philadelphia swept this three-game series by scoring 20 runs on 33 hits, including 15 for extra bases.
J.A. Happ held the Padres to four hits in seven scoreless innings, the longest of his eight career starts over two seasons. He struck out four and walked two.
Reliever J.C. Romero returned to the Phillies following his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The left-hander pitched 1 1-3 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, a walk and a passed ball by Chris Conte. Good hitting, good fielding and good pitching: That sums up the Phillies.