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Wednesday, June 11 (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (28-36) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-36), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Tyson Ross (6-5, 3.22) Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.49)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies shoot for a series win over the San Diego Padres Wednesday night in the middle contest of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies haven't won a series since taking two of three versus the Colorado Rockies from May 26-28 and won Tuesday's opener with the Padres, 5-2. Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI, while Ben Revere, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard finished with two hits apiece.

Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett limited the Padres to a pair of runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings for the win.

"It's good to get home," Burnett said. "To come out like we did, I always harp on setting the tone, and it feels good to be able to do that. It's a good start to the series."

Closer Jonathan Papelbon nailed down the 300th save in his career despite allowing two hits in the ninth and tied Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter and Jason Isringhausen for 24th on the all-time saves list. Papelbon also tied Trevor Hoffman (552 games) as the second-fastest player to reach 300 saves. Mariano Rivera is first with 537 games.

In other milestone news for the Phillies, shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 Tuesday and is now four hits shy of passing Mike Schmidt for the most hits in team history (2,234).

The Phillies won for just the second time in the last 10 games and will also host the Chicago Cubs on this six-game homestand.

Taking the mound for the Phils Wednesday will be left-hander Cole Hamels. Hamels won his last start on Friday in an 8-0 win at Cincinnati and threw 7 2/3 shutout innings, striking out seven and walking two. The Phillies scored eight runs in his previous three starts combined.

Hamels is 2-3 with a 3.49 earned run average and 2-1 in his last three decisions. He has fared well in his career against the Padres, going 8-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 14 starts.

San Diego opened an eight-game road trip last night and Ian Kennedy was dealt the loss for giving up all five runs in seven innings. Byrd's three-run homer in a four-run fourth inning was enough to send Kennedy to his seventh loss (5-7). The right-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter.

"A three-run homer is a death blow a lot of times to a pitcher and to a game," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Will Venable homered and finished with two hits for the Padres, who have lost two straight, three of four and six of their last eight games.

The Padres will try to even this series with Tyson Ross on the mound Wednesday and he has a 6-5 record to go along with a 3.22 earned run average. Ross lost his last start on Friday in a 6-0 defeat versus Washington and gave up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. He is 1-2 in last three decisions.

Ross, a right-hander, is 3-2 in six away starts and 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA in three lifetime meetings (1 start) against the Phillies. He has only pitched three total innings in this series, allowing six runs and six hits.

Philadelphia won four of six meetings with San Diego last season. Since 2004, the Phillies are 47-20 against the Padres and 14-3-3 in 20 series (6 sweeps) between the clubs over that span. Philadelphia has not lost a series to San Diego since Aug. 24-26, 2007 (1-2).

06/11 10:28:56 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
1st
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
 
4th
ATL 100
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 61
UTA 64
 
3rd
CHI 74
WAS 64
 
2nd
DEN 34
MIL 36
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
2nd
ABCHRIST 79
HOUB 60
 
2nd
NDAK 78
NEOM 77
 
2nd
NILL 56
WMICH 56
 
2nd
ILLCH 52
WRST 55
 
1st
MIZZ 28
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 20
KENT 21
 
1st
NW 27
MICH 34
 
1st
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
1st
UF 22
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 20
WVU 32
 
1st
CREI 16
VILL 12
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
 
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 5
 
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
2nd Intermission
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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