SAN DIEGO -- Cole Hamels was called for two balks.Juan Pierre was called out for having connected on a bunt while his foot had left the batter's box.
Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch, was not awarded first base after he was ruled to have leaned into the pitch, and then he hit a home run in the same at-bat.And the Phillies rallied to win 4-1 over the Padres for their 13th consecutive victory at Petco Park on Friday, the longest active stretch for a visiting team in the Majors. "Baseball is a weird game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. In a battle of teams that are last in their respective divisions, the Phillies rallied from a one-run deficit, scoring three runs in the seventh and adding a run in the eighth. After hard-throwing Andrew Cashner replaced Padres starter Edinson Volquez with the bases loaded in the seventh, Brian Schneider got his first hit of the season, an RBI single to tie the game, 1-1. Schneider said he was expecting the Padres to bring in a left-hander and was surprised to see Cashner. Schneider's teammates told him how hard Cashner threw, and he was looking for a fastball. Schneider smacked the first pitch he saw, a 99-mph offering. "It felt good to get that knock. More than anything, a sac fly, ground ball, however it was, I just needed to get that one run through to tie the ballgame up," said Schneider, who was starting in place of catcher Carlos Ruiz, who has a sore left wrist. After the next batter, pinch-hitter Jim Thome, struck out looking, Pierre's two-run single gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Victorino's second home run of the season pushed the lead to 4-1 in the eighth. Earlier in the at-bat, he was hit by a pitch by Josh Spence, but plate umpire Dan Bellino ruled Victorino leaned into it. Victorino declined to talk to reporters after the game. "Usually, they let you take your base there," Manuel said about the call. "I'd say 75, 80 percent of the time at least, maybe more than that." Hamels also dealt with a couple controversial calls. Second-base umpire Bob Davidson called Hamels for two balks -- one in the second inning and one in the fourth. On the second balk, Yonder Alonso, who had singled, advanced to second. Orlando Hudson then singled, moving Alonso to third. Hamels got out of the inning -- Alonso was out at home on Edinson Volquez's bunt, thanks to a nifty glove-hand flip from Hamels, and Chris Denorfia popped out. "It's kind of one of those things where obviously we're going to see differently," Hamels said about the second balk call. "But I just have to go out and pitch." The two balks were the most for a Phillies pitcher since Paul Quantrill's two on July 15, 1995, against the Expos. Hamels now has five balks in his career. "First one, I didn't see. Second one, I disagreed with it, but I'll go look at it," Manuel said. "I'm not saying he was wrong on it, but I'll go look at it." Hamels (2-1) battled, allowing a run and six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one. The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Jesus Guzman's RBI groundout, scoring Cameron Maybin, who led off with a triple against Hamels. "It's one of those days where I wasn't able to really locate with too many pitches," Hamels said, "but you just keep battling and fortunately [with] the ballpark you can get away with throwing some pitches down the middle and trying to let them put it in play." Hamels, who went to high school in San Diego, has won his last four starts against the Padres and is 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA against them in his career. "We had some at-bats where we ran deep counts and had good at-bats against him," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He had to work awfully hard. There were a lot of 3-2 counts. We just couldn't get anything together." Volquez (0-2) gave up three runs in six innings, striking out five and walking three. Jose Contreras, Chad Qualls and Jonathan Papelbon each threw a scoreless inning to follow Hamels. Contreras' scoreless seventh inning was his first big league appearance since June 19. He issued a leadoff walk, but got a double play and groundout. Manuel said he showed some rust. Papelbon struck out one in the ninth for his fifth save.
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