PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chase Utley homered for the second straight game, rookie Robinson Tejeda struck out five in six innings and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 2-0 Saturday.

Philadelphia has taken the first two games of the series while slumping San Diego lost its sixth straight, and had a busy day off the field.

The Padres acquired third baseman Joe Randa from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league right-handed pitchers Justin Germano and Travis Chick. They also optioned third baseman Sean Burroughs to Triple-A Portland and purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow from Double-A Mobile.

San Diego may not be done dealing. The Padres are discussing a deal that would send first baseman Phil Nevin to Baltimore for right-handed starter Sidney Ponson.

Nevin was in the Padres starting lineup, batted fifth, and went 1-for-3 Saturday.

Tejeda (2-2) was wild, but effective. He held the Padres to a pair of singles but walked five. He struck out five for the third consecutive start.

Ryan Madson, Rheal Cormier and Billy Wagner polished off the four-hit shutout with an inning apiece. Wagner recorded his 21st save in 23 opportunities.

Tejeda has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies since the team moved him into the starting rotation on June 8. He hasn’t allowed a run in four of his seven starts.

Utley connected off starter Pedro Astacio (0-1) for a 404-foot homer to right-center field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. The second baseman won Friday’s game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving the Phillies an 8-6 victory.

Utley also factored into Philadelphia’s second run in the sixth. He beat out an infield hit when Astacio, who was covering first on the play, couldn’t find the bag with his foot. Utley’s aggressive baserunning on Bobby Abreu’s single got him to third and scored on Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly to left.

The Phillies, who have the fewest errors in the majors with 48, played solid defense behind Tejeda. Third baseman David Bell came up with the play of the game, robbing Mark Loretta of a potential game-tying extra-base hit in the fifth inning, with a diving stop down the line.

In the seventh, Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins ended a Padres scoring threat with a nifty 4-6-3 doubleplay on the speedy Dave Roberts.

Astacio pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He fanned five and walked three in his second start for the Padres.

Notes: Tejeda tripled in the fifth inning for his first major league hit. … The Phillies are 7-1 against the Padres since 2004. … Phillies 1B Jim Thome, out since July with elbow tendinitis, took batting practice before the game and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Monday. … Breslow made his major league debut with an 1 2-3 scoreless innings and three strikeouts.

AP-ES-07-23-05 1759EDT


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