SAN DIEGO(AP) The back-to-back home runs allowed by
didn't hurt as much as the ones
hit consecutive home runs off Correia in the fifth inning and the
San Diego Padres
5-3 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Gonzalez hit his major league-leading 21st homer in the sixth inning off Blanton, followed by
's shot that pulled the Padres to 4-3. The Phillies got an insurance run in the eighth when pinch-hitter
doubled and scored on
's two-out bloop double.
''Solo home runs,'' Blanton said. ''We still had the lead. Two outs, nobody on, I was just being aggressive. No need in making
another bad pitch, especially after the second one. Make another one, you've got a tie game. I just went back to throwing
it like I did earlier.
''I knew Gonzalez was hot and just attacked him and just overthrew it. Hot hitter. He got a ball over the plate up a little
bit, and that's what happens.''
Victorino and Utley had two RBIs apiece in the opener of a three-game series. Howard struck out four times.
San Diego surprised the defending World Series champions by taking two of three games at Philadelphia in mid-April. The fourth
game was rained out and was rescheduled for July 23.
San Diego's 10-game home winning streak ended.
Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk against
in the ninth. After Hairston flied out, catcher
couldn't hold onto a pitch and Gonzalez broke for second. Ruiz grabbed the ball and threw to shortstop
as Gonzalez slid in. Rollins leaned into Gonzalez and appeared to push his leg off the bag as he made the tag, and Gonzalez
was called out by umpire Paul Emmel. Padres manager
argued, to no avail.
''I clearly got in there,'' Gonzalez said. ''I kept my balance, got my foot on the bag and
pushed me off and the umpire missed it.''
Said Black: ''You hate to see a play like that late in the game.''
''He kind of just went past the bag,'' Rollins said. ''My job is to apply a firm tag. At that point of the game it was a pretty
popped up to Rollins to end it. Lidge got his 13th save in 17 chances.
Utley homered down the right-field line on a 1-1 pitch from Correia leading off the fifth, his 12th. Howard followed by hitting
a towering shot to straightaway center, his 15th, to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.
Gonzalez homered to left-center on a 1-0 pitch from Blanton with two outs in the sixth. Hairston drove a 1-1 pitch into the
seats in left, his eighth.
Howard and Gonzalez were named the NL's co-player of the week earlier Monday.
Blanton (4-3) won his third straight start, allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings.
Correia (1-4) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Correia allowed leadoff doubles in the first to Rollins and in the second to
but neither scored.
The first four Phillies batters reached in the third. Blanton walked, Rollins singled and Victorino and Utley hit RBI singles.
Notes: With his Hall of Fame father watching, Padres CF
Jr. made a superb over-the-shoulder catch of Victorino's flyball to end the fourth.
, who spent his entire 20-season career with the Padres, saw his son play in person for the first time since he was obtained
in a trade with the
on May 21. ''He looks good in a Padre uniform,''
said. ''This is fun for me. I'm not going to lie, I'd hoped it was going to happen. ... Now he's back home and I get to watch
him play. It's been awesome for me.'' ... Victorino and Utley had Philly's last back-to-back homers, April 24 at Florida.
... It was the first time the Padres had back-to-back homers this season. ... The Phillies will select
from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the lefty will make his major league debut against
on Tuesday night. Bastardo takes
' spot in the rotation. To make room on the roster, OF
will be optioned to Triple-A.