Kouzmanoff Sparks Padres Past Phillies

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The Associated Press
Sunday, August 26, 2007; 12:24 AM

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a go-ahead homer off Brett Myers in the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres beat Philadelphia 4-3 Saturday night to hand the slumping Phillies their fourth straight loss.

Philadelphia has lost six of seven overall to fall four games behind the wild-card leading Padres and seven back of the New York Mets in the NL East.

San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman, who blew save opportunities against the Mets on Tuesday and Thursday, gave up an RBI single to Ryan Howard in the ninth before striking out Aaron Rowand to end it. Hoffman picked up his 33rd save in 38 opportunities.

Heath Bell (6-4) struck out two in a perfect inning of work, and Milton Bradley, Mike Cameron and Terrmel Sledge also homered for San Diego.

Pat Burrell went deep for Philadelphia, which dropped to 1-4 on a pivotal 10-game homestand.

Kouzmanoff drove a 2-0 pitch from Myers (2-5) into the right-field seats for his 14th homer of the season. Sledge added an insurance run with a solo drive _ his seventh of the season and first career pinch-hit shot.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel lifted starter Kyle Lohse after he issued a two-out walk in the seventh, having thrown just 84 pitches. J.C. Romero surrendered a single but escaped the jam when he got Brian Giles to pop out.

Lohse gave up four hits and one run in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Bradley made the struggling Phillies bullpen pay in the eighth. He crushed a 441-foot home run into the second deck off Tom Gordon to tie it at 2.

Bradley was met with jeers from the Phillies fans, but he fired right back, yelling to the crowd. The ordeal was long enough that plate umpire Laz Diaz motioned for Bradley to get in the dugout.

Bradley irked the crowd on Friday night as he homered twice and drove in six runs. After his second home run, Bradley bowed to the fans in left field.

Cameron cut it to 2-1 in the sixth inning with a leadoff homer _ his 17th _ into the seats in left-center field.

There was some fallout from Friday's altercation between Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz and San Diego's Marcus Giles. Giles was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain which occurred when Ruiz barreled into the infielder trying to break up a double play. Giles, who called the play "dirty," confronted Ruiz immediately. Both benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

Reliever Doug Brocail drilled Ruiz in the left hip with a pitch Saturday. Diaz walked with Ruiz down to first base and then proceeded to warn both benches.

Burrell gave the Phillies a fast start with a solo homer off starter Clay Hensley in the first inning. It was Burrell's 20th homer of the season.

Hensley was effective, but threw 102 pitches and left after 4 2-3 innings. He gave up two runs and six hits, walked three and struck out five.

The Phillies executed a perfect hit-and-run to pad the lead to 2-0 in the fourth. After reaching on a bunt single, Greg Dobbs was moving on the pitch and Jayson Werth delivered a RBI double into the left-field corner.

Notes:@ Burrell became the third Phillie to hit 20 homers in seven straight seasons, joining Mike Schmidt (1974-87) and Bobby Abreu (1999-2005). ... Craig Stansberry singled in his major league debut in the seventh inning. Stansberry replaced Marcus Giles on the roster.


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