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Galvis Sparks Late Offensive Surge

Phillies Juan Pierre hits a two-run single in the 7th. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Freddy Galvis was never meant to be safe on his bunt in the 7th inning.

With runners on first and second, Galvis laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line, legging it out and loading the bases. It set up Brian Schneider’s game-tying single with no outs to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win over the Padres.

It was the Phillies’ 13th straight victory at PETCO Park, a sure sign of dominance in the Padres home stadium.

Cole Hamels was dealing like he usually does in his home town. He allowed a run on six hits and a walk, striking out four.

Hamels would have lasted longer but following Schneider’s bases loaded single in the top of the 7th, manager Charlie Manuel pulled back Hamels, who ripped a double off the wall in the 3rd inning, and pinch-hit for him with Jim Thome.

Thome struck out for the seventh time in 13 at-bats this season. But lead-off hitter Juan Pierre singled on a ground ball into right field, scoring two and giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

Shane Victorino added his second home run of the season in the 8th inning two pitches after being hit by a pitch and ruled that he leaned into the curveball.

Jose Contreras made his season debut, pitching the 7th inning. He didn’t allow a hit, walking one batter while throwing only nine pitches (three strikes).

2B: Hamels (1). HR: Victorino (2).

WP: Hamels (2-1). LP: Volquez (0-2). SV. Papelbon (5).

Boxscore.

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