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Phillies 4, Padres 3: Shields can't stop the long ball

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Once again, James Shields was brought down by his unfortunate penchant of giving up home runs. Now it's true that most of the long balls Shields has given up have been solo shots, and that held true tonight, but it's no good when you give up three of them.

The game started out well, at least. In the bottom of the second, Justin Upton took one for the team. Then he stole second, and went to third when Yonder Alonso grounded out. A Derek Norris single brought him home. Upton made a couple more runs happen in the third. Alexi Amarista and Yangervis Solarte put up a pair of back to back singles, and then Justin knocked a two-run triple into center. Thus ends the good news.

In the fourth, Domonic Brown hit a bomb to right field that still hasn't come back down. Then in the sixth, Ryan Howard lifted one past the beach. And then Cody Asche tied it up with another giant blast in the seventh. The Padres managed to get two runners into scoring position twice in the next five innings, but never made anything of it. Cameron Rupp, on the other hand, had no problem going yard to center off Kevin Quackenbush to put the Phillies on top in the 12th.

With any luck, Tyson Ross can stop this miserable losing streak tomorrow. First pitch is at 5:40 PM, but you'll want to show up early to see the team induct Garry Templeton and Benito Santiago into the Padres Hall of Fame.

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