Early runs pace Phillies in 5-1 win over Padres

Aaron Nola's solid effort lifts Phillies past Padres
The Phillies snapped a 19 inning scoreless streak on Saturday night en route to a 5-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. The win, coupled, with a Braves loss, put the Phillies back in the top spot of the NL East standings.

The Phillies jumped ahead early, with Cesar Hernandez reaching via a leadoff walk to open the contest while Nick Williams tripled later in the opening frame to push him across the plate. Williams eventually scored himself on an Asdrubal Cabrera double.

The two early runs set the tone for the Phillies as Aaron Nola took care of business on the mound. Despite some early struggles with finding the zone, he tossed six scoreless innings surrendering just four hits. He walked three and struck out five.

"It's definitely time to highlight Nola again," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters afterward. "He did a great job for us and he had to work early on. He had some traffic and some jams to work out of. He did a tremendous job working out of those jams."

Maikel Franco hit his 19th homer of the season in the fourth and Hernandez hit is 10th in the fifth.

The Padres lone run came in the seventh off Austin Davis via a Manuel Margot sacrifice-fly that scored Cory Spangenberg.

The two clubs conclude their three-game set on Sunday afternoon as Jake Arrieta faces Padres rookie Joey Lucchesi.

The Phillies have an off-day on Monday before hosting Boston for two games at Citizens Bank Park beginning on Tuesday.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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