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Polanco, Abreu help Phils salvage split

8/3/2003

PHILADELPHIA -- Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs apiece, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-4 victory over the San Diego Padres and a doubleheader split Saturday.

Jake Peavy allowed two hits over seven shutout innings, and Phil
Nevin homered and drove in four runs as San Diego won 6-4 in the
opener. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the NL wild
card-leading Phillies.

It was the first scheduled doubleheader at Veterans Stadium
since Aug. 10, 1985, against St. Louis. The Phillies are moving
into a new ballpark next season.

Polanco went 4-for-7 with two walks in the doubleheader,
including two hits and three runs scored in the nightcap. In his
last four games, he's hitting .571 with eight hits, six runs and
seven RBI.

Nevin went 3-for-9 on the day. He has hit safely in eight of 10
games since coming off the disabled list July 23. He had been
sidelined since March 7 after surgery on his left shoulder.

The Phillies went ahead in the second game with a four-run
fourth. Todd Pratt drew a leadoff walk and Tomas Perez followed
with a single off starter Joe Roa (1-3). Marlon Byrd singled home Pratt to tie it at 3.

Polanco hit a two-run triple into the right-field corner, and
Jim Thome capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Philadelphia added four more runs in the eighth off Mike
Matthews. Byrd had an RBI single, Abreu a two-run single and Ricky
Ledee an RBI single.

Pratt scored three runs in the second game, matching a career
high.

Philadelphia's Carlos Silva made his first major league start
after 111 relief appearances. Trailing 3-2, he left for a
pinch-hitter in the fourth before the Phillies surged ahead.

Rheal Cormier (3-0) pitched two perfect innings with two
strikeouts for the win.

Miguel Ojeda homered off Jose Mesa in the ninth to make it 10-4,
his fourth of the year. Dan Plesac entered with the bases loaded
and retired Ryan Klesko and Nevin to end it.

Roa, who started for the Phillies in their home opener, gave up
six runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. After being designated for
assignment by Philadelphia on May 27, he signed with Colorado. He
was claimed off waivers by the Padres on July 24.

Abreu and Polanco each had an RBI single in the first two
innings.

Gary Matthews Jr. doubled home a run for San Diego in the second
and Mark Loretta's RBI groundout tied it at 2 in the third. Ojeda's
RBI single gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in the fourth.

Peavy (9-8) was sharp en route to his first win since June 28.
He allowed Byrd's double in the first inning and Polanco's single
in the third before giving way to the bullpen in the eighth. Peavy
walked four and struck out five, throwing 114 pitches.

Tyler Houston and Jimmy Rollins each hit an RBI single in the
ninth for the Phillies. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt by
reliever Jay Witasick led to two more runs, including Ledee's
sacrifice fly.

Nevin hit a three-run shot -- his third of the season -- off
All-Star Randy Wolf (11-6) in the fifth. Wolf got the first two
outs before giving up singles to Sean Burroughs and Loretta. Nevin
hit an 0-2 pitch to the right-center stands to increase San Diego's
lead to 6-0.

The Padres, shut out on three hits by Kevin Millwood in Friday's
series opener, took a 2-0 lead in the first off Wolf, who walked
two of the first three batters. Nevin lined an RBI single to right,
scoring Matthews. Loretta also scored on the play when right
fielder Abreu mishandled the ball for an error.

The Padres padded the lead to 3-0 in the second on Rollins'
error at shortstop. Lou Merloni was safe at second on a steal
attempt when the ball tipped off Rollins' glove. Brian Buchanan, who led off with a walk, scored easily from third.

Wolf never found his rhythm and lasted just five innings. He
allowed five hits and six runs -- four earned -- with four walks and
three strikeouts.

Game notes
Byrd extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games,
also a team best this season. ... Nevin is hitting .625 (10-for-16)
with three homers and nine RBIs lifetime against Wolf. ... The
Phillies made three errors in the doubleheader and have 15 in their
last 12 games. ... Silva's second-inning single was his first major
league hit.