Aug 30, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Matt Kemp (27) watches his two run home run during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (63-67) beat the Philadelphia Phillies (52-79) to salvage the final game of a weekend series in Philly by the score of 9-4. James Shields earned his 10th win and he had the luxury of three Padre home runs.
Matt Kemp hit his 16th home run of the season in the first, giving the Friars a 2-0 lead. An at-bat after breaking a bat and having it fly into the stands, Justin Upton hit his 24th to extend the lead to 3-1. Yangervis Solarte hit his 11th to make it 5-1 in the top of the 7th.
Yonder Alonso also had a good night, accumulating three hits and two runs scored. Jedd Gyorko, Derek Norris and Clint Barmes also had multi-hit games.
Shields went 7 innings and struck out 8 while only allowing one run and one walk. He also collected his first RBI of the season in the 6th inning.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Phillies and the season series finished with the Padres posting a 1-5 record against the worst team in the major leagues.
The Phillies were not short on offense either. Cameron Rupp continued to swing a good bat, hitting his 8th home run of the season. He is hitting .333 in his last 15 games. Odubel Herrera was a perfect 4 for 4.
The Friars really blew a good chance at getting back to .500 by losing the series to the lowly Phillies. They are now 4 games below .500 with their next 7 games against teams currently in a playoff spot.
The Padres now head home for an interleague series against the Texas Rangers, who currently occupy the second Wild Card spot in the American League.