PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chase Utley hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday night and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 8-6.

Ryan Howard homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mark Loretta and Brian Giles hit consecutive homers and Geoff Blum had three hits, including a homer, for the Padres, who lost their fifth straight despite overcoming two three-run deficits.

Aaron Fultz (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

San Diego’s Akinori Otsuka worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th. Paul Quantrill (1-1) wasn’t as fortunate in the 11th.

After getting the first two outs, Quantrill surrendered a pinch-hit single to Jason Michaels. Utley, who was 0-for-5 and had one hit in his last 13 at-bats, hammered a 2-2 pitch into the right-center field seats for his 13th homer.

San Diego’s Ramon Hernandez had a leadoff double off Ugueth Urbina in the eighth and Geoff Blum followed with a double to right. On the play, Hernandez was thrown out trying to score with two great relay throws by center fielder Endy Chavez and Utley, the second baseman. Hernandez appeared he may have slid around the tag of catcher Mike Lieberthal, but home plate umpire Bill Hohn called him out.

Urbina escaped the jam, striking out Xavier Nady and getting Dave Roberts to foul out to third for the final out, stranding Blum on third base.

With the score tied at 3 in the sixth, David Bell hit an RBI double and pinch-hitter Chavez added a two-run single as the Phillies took a 6-3 lead.

San Diego answered right back against the Phillies’ bullpen. Blum hit his fifth homer – a solo shot off Rheal Cormier – and Ryan Klesko tied the game at 6 with a two-out, two-run single off Ryan Madson.

Philadelphia starter Vicente Padilla pitched six effective innings but saw his scoreless streak stopped at 17 innings. He surrendered three runs and four hits, walking two and striking out a season-high six.

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead off Tim Stauffer on Howard’s sixth homer of the season – a two-run shot in the second inning. He added a RBI single two innings later.

San Diego pushed across three runs in the fifth to tie the game. Loretta hit a fly ball that landed in the flower box just over the left field fence for his first homer of the season. Giles hit a no-doubt-about-it shot deep into the right field seats for his 10th homer.

Notes: Padilla’s prior longest shutout streak was 14 1-3 innings in 2003. … Howard has six homers and 17 RBIs in his last 20 games. … Urbina had his 8 1-3 inning hitless streak snapped in the eighth. … Philadelphia closer Billy Wagner committed a balk in the ninth inning – the Phillies eighth balk which tied Houston for the NL high.

AP-ES-07-22-05 2252EDT


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