PHILADELPHIA — Key contributions from bench players helped the Phillies put a winning streak together.
Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac lined a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth and John Mayberry hit a three-run homer as the Phillies beat the Padres 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep Thursday in a game played in steady rain.
Brignac, a former Ray whose three-run walkoff homer sent the Phillies to a 3-0 victory Wednesday, hit a drive off Dale Thayer to the gap in left-center for a 4-2 lead.
"It's a really humbling feeling," Brignac said.
Mayberry connected an inning later off former Ray Alex Torres. Making a spot start for Ryan Howard, Mayberry also doubled twice.
"It's definitely a game of momentum and I think with the way we've played these last few games, that can definitely carry over." Mayberry said. "I think from top to bottom, we've pitched well, had timely hitting and played good defense."
Kyle Kendrick earned his second win in 20 starts, dating to last year.
Kendrick has a 9.00 ERA in the first inning and batters are hitting .393 against him.
"I don't have an answer," Kendrick said. "I've tried everything. Maybe next game I won't warm up."
The Phillies have their first three-game winning streak since May 17-20 and recorded their second series sweep this season.
Ken Giles made his major-league debut for the Phillies with two outs in the ninth. He threw a 100 mph fastball on his first pitch before Yasmani Grandal hit an opposite-field homer on a 3-and-1 pitch.
"I just go out and pitch. Whatever it says, it says," Giles said of the radar gun.
As for the homer, Giles said: "It looked like a routine fly ball to the warning track to me."