(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies will try to finish off a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon when the clubs clash at Citizens Bank Park.
In taking the first two contests of this set, the Phillies have won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row from May 17-20. They also have not lost a series to the Padres since Aug. 24-26, 2007 and will look to sweep the club for the first time since a four-game set in San Diego from April 21-24, 2011.
Locked in a scoreless contest through 8 1/2 innings, Philadelphia walked off a winner on Reid Brignac's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
San Diego's Nick Vincent issued a one-out walk to Domonic Brown before hitting Carlos Ruiz with a pitch. Brignac then drove a 2-0 pitch well over the wall in right for the victory.
"You never get used to situations like this," said Brignac. "It's like I said before, it's why we play the game and you can really enjoy the moment."
Jonathan Papelbon got the win for pitching a flawless ninth to back eight stellar frames from Cole Hamels, who struck out 11 while walking one and giving up five hits.
Tyson Ross was equally effective for San Diego as he gave up four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings. Still, San Diego lost for the seventh time in nine games.
"He threw the ball well, no doubt about it," said San Diego manager Bud Black about Ross. "We're seeing before our eyes Tyson grow into a major league pitcher."
The Padres hope to salvage today's finale behind Eric Stults, but he comes in having lost two straight starts and four consecutive decisions.
The 34-year-old southpaw is coming off the shortest outing of his career, a 2 1/3-inning performance Sunday versus Washington. Stults was charged with six runs on eight hits, falling to 2-7 with a 5.68 earned run average on the year.
Stults has a 4.50 ERA in three previous meetings with the Phillies, two of those starts, without a decision.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins had a hit last night and has 2,232 in his career, two shy of tying Mike Schmidt for the most in club history. Rollins is 3-for-8 lifetime against Stults with a home run.
The Phillies counter with Kyle Kendrick, who is 1-6 on the year with a 4.30 ERA and has allowed four runs in both of his outings since picking up his first win of the season on May 26.
Following a no-decision versus the New York Mets on May 31, Kendrick lasted seven innings and gave up six hits and five walks in a 4-2 setback to Washington on Thursday.
"We lost, so it wasn't good enough," said Kendrick. "I walked five guys so that wasn't good. My command just wasn't there tonight."
The 29-year-old righty, who has a 3.82 ERA in six starts at home on the year, has faced the Padres five times before with four starts and is 3-1 with a 4.44 ERA.