Pat Burrell homered for the Phillies, who finished 5-2 on their
homestand and lead the NL wild card race.
Philadelphia set a season high by striking out 17 times, with
Perez getting most of them in just seven innings.
Buchanan fouled off two sacrifice bunt attempts, then hit his
eighth home run into the left-center field seats.
Jay Witasick (3-2) pitched two hitless innings for the win. Rod
Beck, celebrating his 35th birthday, converted his 15th straight
save since signing with the Padres on June 2.
Perez tied his career high for strikeouts. He fanned five in a
row at one point, and struck out the side in the first and sixth
Perez allowed two runs and five hits. The Phillies scored both
of their runs in the fourth when Burrell hit his 14th homer with
two outs, Jimmy Rollins followed with a single and Todd Pratt had
an RBI double.
The Padres took advantage of a misplay in the seventh to tie it
Loretta led off with a shallow fly ball to the outfield against
reliever Rheal Cormier. Center fielder Marlon Byrd appeared to be
in position to make the play, but right fielder Jason Michaels
collided with him and the ball fell in for a double.
Burroughs delivered a RBI single, ending Cormier's 15-inning
All fans 14-and-under received a Pat Burrell Louisville
Slugger Bat. ... Byrd had his 15-game hitting streak snapped. ...
Perez struck out 13 on July 7, 2002, against Colorado. ... Burrell
has one homer and two RBI against left-handers this season. ...
The Phillies are 8-2 in Padilla's last 10 starts.