Lee will pursue an eighth consecutive win when the Phillies visit San Diego on Monday night while Stults goes for his third straight victory.
Philadelphia (36-40) has dropped 10 of 15 since moving above .500 for the only time this season June 6, and a controversial call didn't help in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday. Umpires ruled that Ben Revere committed a three-run error in the fifth inning when he fumbled the ball from his glove to his hand and that opened the door for the Mets to score three runs in the frame.
"We were 3-3 on the homestand, and it feels to me kind of like the way we play," manager Charlie Manuel told the team's website. "If you've watched us all year long, you've seen the inconsistent part of it."
Lee, though, has been a steady performer for his club with a 1.97 ERA and 64 strikeouts to 10 walks during his win streak, which has spanned nine starts. He gave up two solo homers and struck out nine in a 4-2 win over Washington on Tuesday.
While his name has been tossed around in preliminary trade rumors ahead of the July 31 deadline, Lee said he's focused on helping the Phillies break out of their funk. After a 3-2 win in Minnesota on June 13, he was noncommittal about remaining in Philadelphia.
"I want to win. I signed here to win. I think that was misconstrued into thinking I want to play somewhere else, and that's not the case," he told the team's website.
While he's still with the Phillies, Lee will try to record his first eight-game win streak since July 16-Aug. 24, 2009, and earn his sixth in a row on the road.
That eight-game run was the third-longest in his career, and he'll try to match that against a San Diego team that's dropped four of six since winning a season-high seven in a row.
The Padres (38-38) missed their chance to win a four-game series over the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. They produced just two runs in back-to-back losses to their NL West rivals, including a 3-1 defeat Sunday.
Closer Huston Street gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth inning of that loss.
"(Street) has impeccable control. This year, at times, it's been spotty. We have to get him to the point where he's consistently hitting his spots and making his pitches," manager Bud Black said.
Black's club will try to get back on track behind another strong performance from Stults (6-5, 3.25), who has allowed two runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings in each of his last five outings. He's also 3-0 in his past four home starts, allowing one run in each.
The left-hander, though, didn't get enough run support or help from the Padres' bullpen to extend his win streak Wednesday in San Francisco. San Diego couldn't hold on to a one-run lead in a 4-2 defeat.
Stults will make his first start against Philadelphia while Lee will make his first versus the Padres since July 25, 2011. He's 1-2 with a 4.99 ERA in five career matchups.
The Phillies had won 13 straight in San Diego before dropping their final two games there in 2012 from April 21-22.
|June 23, 2013||Michael Stutes||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 22, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||Day-to-Day||Back|
|June 20, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 16, 2013||Jeremy Horst||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|June 09, 2013||Erik Kratz||15-Day DL||Left knee injury|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|San Diego Padres|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 15, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore knee|
|June 10, 2013||Cameron Maybin||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 10, 2013||Jedd Gyorko||15-Day DL||Strained right groin|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kyle Blanks ' big night became another frustrating one for the Philadelphia Phillies .
Blanks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning for his career-best fourth hit, and the San Diego Padres rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Monday.
Blanks also had a two-run single and scored the tying run on a passed ball as the Padres fought back against Cliff Lee and struggling closer Jonathan Papelbon .
When he came to bat in the 10th, Blanks knew a hit would set his career high.
"I kind of had that in the back of my mind," he said. "It's been that kind of elusive game for me. It's always fun to have those and I'm looking forward to having a lot more."
Looking for his 10th win of the season, Lee took a six-hit shutout into the ninth but lasted only three more pitches. Carlos Quentin led off with a single and went to third when Chase Headley followed with a double that ended Lee's night.
On came Papelbon, who gave up a two-run single to Blanks on his first pitch.
Jesus Guzman was hit by a pitch, but Papelbon had a chance to get out of the jam after Yasmani Grandal grounded into a double play that left Blanks at third.
Instead, Blanks scored on a passed ball by catcher Carlos Ruiz . Mark Kotsay swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch, but the ball got past Ruiz and went to the backstop. With a headfirst slide, Blanks just beat Ruiz's throw to Papelbon covering the plate.
Papelbon had converted all 13 of his save opportunities going into last week, but he's blown four of five attempts since - several in particularly frustrating fashion.
"I don't know what is worse, losing 15-0 or getting beat that way. Either way, it's a loss and it doesn't sit well with me," Papelbon said.
The Phillies were handed an opportunity to go back ahead in the 10th.
Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and Chase Utley flied out to deep center. But when Chris Denorfia tried to throw the ball back to the infield, it slipped out of his hand and trickled away for an error that allowed Rollins to go all the way to third.
Michael Young , however, struck out on three pitches against Luke Gregerson before Joe Thatcher (3-1) retired Domonic Brown on a fly to center.
In the bottom half, Denorfia drew a one-out walk from Justin De Fratus (2-1) and Quentin was hit by a pitch. Headley walked on a full count to load the bases and Blanks singled down the third base line.
"He was a guy I hadn't faced before," Blanks said. "I picked a little off the video. The first pitch was a slider in the dirt and I swung. The second pitch I was just looking to get down early and stay back enough to put something hard into play. I got enough of it and the ball hugged the line."
Utley homered and Ruiz had an RBI single for the Phillies. Rollins hit a sacrifice fly.
Eric Stults pitched a strong game for the Padres in his career-high 16th start of the season. Stults allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, with four strikeouts and no walks. He has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last six starts.
Ruiz and John Mayberry Jr. each had three hits. Utley hit his eighth homer in the eighth off reliever Tommy Layne , called up earlier in the day from the minors.
NOTES: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard sat out with a sore left knee. Kevin Frandsen took his starting spot. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay , on the disabled list since May 6 with a right shoulder injury, played catch from 50-60 feet, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee. "He wanted to start throwing with me and this is his third day doing it," Dubee said. "It looks very, very good." ... Dubee took manager Charlie Manuel 's place during the pregame session with the media because Manuel was under the weather. Manuel did take his spot in the dugout at game time. ... Headley batted cleanup for the first time this season after hitting in the No. 3 spot in his previous 61 games. ... Padres manager Bud Black said 2B Jedd Gyorko , on the DL with a right groin strain since June 10, could be headed out on a rehab assignment Tuesday. "He ran the bases (Monday) and came out of it fine," Black said. "We are working through the scenario to getting Jedd out to play in a minor league game or two. And from that point we will reassess how his leg is doing and make a determination whether he joins us on the road (later in the week)." ... Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56 ERA) faces RHP Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) on Tuesday night.