Series: Game 3 of 4

San Diego leads 2-1 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Monday, September 15
San Diego1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 16
San Diego5
Game 3: Wednesday, September 17
San Diego2
Game 4: Thursday, September 18
San Diego7

Phillies 5

(70-82, 34-40 away)

Padres 2

(70-81, 42-32 home)

    10:10 PM ET, September 17, 2014

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: C. Hamels (9-7)

    L: E. Stults (7-17)

    Phillies-Padres Preview


    Growing up in San Diego, Cole Hamels rose to stardom on the diamond before becoming the 17th overall draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2002.

    The left-hander's recent visits to his hometown have been just as positive.

    Hamels looks to extend an outstanding stretch and continue his dominance of the Padres on Wednesday night while trying to help the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak.

    A three-time All-Star and MVP of the 2008 World Series, Hamels (8-7, 2.51 ERA) has strung together 20 consecutive starts without allowing more than three runs.

    He's gone 7-4 with a 1.89 ERA over that span after he allowed one run and scattered nine hits over seven innings in Friday's 3-1, 10-inning home win over Miami. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (1.26) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez (1.87) have posted better ERAs since June 1.

    Hamels, who attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, has been nearly that effective against the Padres (70-80). He's 8-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 15 career starts and is 4-1 with a 1.85 mark in his seven at San Diego.

    The 30-year-old hasn't lost to the Padres since July 2010, going 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last seven meetings. In his only start against them this season, he gave up five hits and fanned 11 over eight innings in a 3-0 home win June 11.

    Following Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Petco Park, Hamels will try to keep Philadelphia from its longest skid since dropping four straight from July 20-23. Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis hit home runs Tuesday, but the Phillies managed only five hits.

    Alexi Amarista homered off A.J. Burnett in the sixth following a walk to Jake Goebbert to put the Padres ahead 4-3. Amarista doubled in the second and singled in the fourth, falling a triple short of the cycle when he grounded out in the eighth.

    "I'm not going to make excuses," Burnett said. "I messed up. I walked a guy, and the curveball (to Amarista) wasn't down enough."

    The Padres hope to keep playing well at home, where they've won 18 of 23 while their starters have posted a 2.40 ERA.

    Rymer Liriano also had three hits Tuesday, while Amarista has gone 8 for 19 with five RBIs in his last five games.

    Eric Stults (7-16, 4.49) will try to avoid matching Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett -- Tuesday's losing pitcher -- for the most losses in the majors. The left-hander has pitched well of late, going 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his last eight starts.

    Stults snapped a three-start losing streak Friday when he gave up five runs, two earned, over six innings in a 6-5 victory at Arizona. It was only the third time in 29 starts that the Padres provided him with more than three runs.

    "This year has just been one of those years," said Stults, whose 3.07 run-support average ranks among baseball's worst. "I've played on a lot of teams where there always seems to be one guy that doesn't get a lot of run support."

    The 34-year-old has gone 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three career starts versus Philadelphia (69-82). He allowed four runs and eight hits over five innings in a 7-3 road loss June 12 in his only meeting this season.

    Ben Revere went 2 for 2 with a double off Stults in that contest, but he's hitting just .171 in his last 11 games overall.

    Galvis is 2 for 2 with a home run all-time in the matchup, while Chase Utley is 3 for 8 with a double and Marlon Byrd is 4 for 11 with two doubles.

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    Gameday Matchup

     PhiladelphiaSan Diego
    Current StreakL2L2
    Last 103-76-4

    Pitching Matchup

    PhiladelphiaSan Diego
    C. Hamels
    9-9, 2.46 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs ATL
    8.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    E. Stults
    8-17, 4.30 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at SF
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.PhiladelphiaSan Diego
    1. B. Revere, CF Y. Solarte, 3B
    2. M. Franco, 3B A. Almonte, LF
    3. C. Utley, 2B J. Gyorko, 2B
    4. M. Byrd, RF R. Rivera, C
    5. D. Ruf, 1B T. Medica, 1B
    6. D. Brown, LF R. Liriano, RF
    7. C. Ruiz, C C. Maybin, CF
    8. F. Galvis, SS A. Amarista, SS
    9. C. Hamels, P E. Stults, P