The Phils got back to their winning ways this weekend in California with a sweep of the Padres. If you want to sweep a three-game series in which you score 11 runs you better pitch pretty well. The Phillies did, led by a starting rotation that saw Oswalt, Blanton and Hamels combine to throw to an 0.82 ERA and a 0.73 ratio in the series, allowing two earned runs over 22 innings.

Yesterday it was Hamels who was lights out. He allowed four singles over eight shutout innings. The Phils didn’t exactly explode offensively in the game, but extended their 1-0 lead to 3-0 on a two-run homer from Sweeney in the seventh and got a solo shot from Werth in the ninth as they rolled to a 5-0 win. They got a lot of help from the Padres, who made four errors in the game.

The Phillies are 73-57 on the year after beating the San Diego Padres 5-0 yesterday afternoon. The Phils sweep the three-game series and are in second place in the NL East, two games behind the Braves. They’re leading the Wild Card race with a 1 1/2 game lead on the Giants.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing four hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Ludwick singled back-to-back with two outs in the first. It put men on first and second for Chase Headley, but Hamels got Headley to pop to Utley to leave both runners stranded.

Scott Hairston singled with one out in the second. Hamels struck Will Venable and the pitcher Clayton Richard to leave Hairston stranded.

Hamels started the third with a 1-0 lead. Gonzalez singled with two outs, but Hamels got Ludwick to pop to short for the third out.

He set the Padres down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

He started the seventh up 3-0 and again threw a 1-2-3 frame, getting two ground outs and a strikeout.

Up 4-0, he threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Madson pitched the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead. He allowed a one-out single to Gonzalez, but struck Ludwick out for the second out and got Headley to fly to center to end the game.

Madson threw in all three games in the series and was pitching for the third straight day. He threw 24 pitches in the game. He has made 17 appearances in August, which is too many. In those appearances he’s thrown 17 1/3 innings, pitching to a 1.04 ERA and an 0.87 ratio.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Clayton Richard went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Polanco (4) Utley (5) Werth (6) Sweeney (7) Ibanez (8) Ruiz. Sweeney at first against the lefty with Howard on the bench. Victorino hits second in the lineup with Polanco and Utley dropped to third and fourth.

The Phillies went in order in the first and second.

Ruiz singled with one out in the third and Richard threw the ball away trying to pick him off at first, allowing Ruiz to take second. Hamels grounded to first with the second out, moving Ruiz to third. Rollins singled into right, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 1-0. Victorino flew to left for the third out.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the fourth.

Sweeney started the fifth and hit a ground ball to third that Headley didn’t handle for an error, but Ibanez hit into a double-play behind him. Ruiz grounded to short for the third out.

The Phils went in order in the sixth.

Polanco and Utley both struck out to start the seventh, but Werth drew a two-out walk and Sweeney hit the first of his at-bat out to left to put the Phils up 3-0. Ibanez grounded to second for the third out.

Ruiz started the eighth with a single. Hamels bunted and threw in the dirt to second where the ball wasn’t handled. Richard was charged with another error and the Phils had runners on first and second. Rollins lined a ball to right and Ludwick made a nice diving catch for the first out, but tried to double Hamels off of first and threw the ball into the Padres dugout. Ruiz scored to make it 4-0 and Hamels took third. Victorino flew to right and Polanco flew to left to leave Hamels stranded at third.

No RBI for Victorino with one out and the pitcher on third.

Werth put the Phils up 5-0 with a solo homer to right with one out in the ninth. Sweeney and Ibanez went down behind him.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game. 5-for-14 with a double, a walk and an amazing slide in the series. 248/331/379 on the season.

Victorino was 0-for-4 yesterday and 2-for-13 with a triple and two RBI in the series. 251/312/429 for the year.

Polanco 0-for-4 in the game and 2-for-13 with a home run in the series. 309/343/408.

Utley 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-11 with three walks in the set. His average is down to .265 thanks to 2-for-his-last-17. 265/377/434 for the year.

Top four in the order went 1-for-16 yesterday.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run yesterday. 1-for-10 with three walks in the series. 296/388/518.

Sweeney was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer yesterday. Howard was 1-for-9 with a walk in four strikeouts in the series and is hitting 280/342/498 for the year. He’s 2-for-his-last-25 with 14 strikeouts.

Ibanez was 0-for-4. 1-for-13 in the series. 262/346/423 for the season.

Ruiz 2-for-3 yesterday and 2-for-7 in the series. 291/385/429 for the year.

Halladay (16-9, 2.22) faces righty Hiroki Kuroda (9-11, 3.56) tonight in LA. Halladay allowed three runs to the Astros in seven innings in his last start. He’s gone 6-1 with a 1.70 ERA and an 0.92 ratio over his last seven starts. Kuroda has allowed just 12 home runs on the season and has held right-handed batters to a .289 on-base percentage.

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