SAN DIEGO — The Phillies played poorly in all phases of the game in suffering an 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
The Phils had just four hits in the first eight innings of the game. They made two errors.
The Phillies have lost three in a row and five of their last six to fall to 43-74. The Padres aren't much better at 53-66, but they're better than the Phillies.
The Phillies are 1-4 against the Padres this season.
Starting pitching report
Mark Leiter Jr., filling in for injured Vince Velasquez, did not pitch well. However, his mates played horrible defense behind him. Leftfielder Rhys Hoskins misplayed a ball into a double in the first inning and that led to three runs, and the Phils made two errors in the fifth that led to four unearned runs.
Leiter gave up seven hits, including two homers, and eight runs, half of which were unearned. He walked three and all became runs.
Dinelson Lamet, a 25-year-old rookie right-hander from the Dominican Republic, entered with an ERA of 5.00 in 13 big-league starts. He proceeded to pitch a beauty, holding the Phils to three hits and two runs over seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Phillies rookie reliever Jesen Therrien pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. His slider was sharp.
San Diego lefty Kyle McGrath gave up two runs in the ninth.
At the plate
The Phillies did not have a hit through the first 4 2/3 innings. Jorge Alfaro had the team's first hit, a two-run homer to center in the fifth. The homer was the first of Alfaro's big-league career. It was a low liner that came off the bat at 114 mph, the hardest-hit homer by a Phillie this season.
That was the extent of the Phillies' scoring until Hoskins smacked a two-run homer in the top of the ninth. It was his third homer in two games.
Cory Spangenberg doubled, homered and drove in four runs for the Padres. The Lehigh Valley native has four homers in the last three games.
In the field
Hoskins, a natural first baseman playing his sixth big-league game in left field, misjudged a ball that would have ended the first inning. It went for an RBI double and set the table for the Padres to score two more runs in the inning.
Third baseman Maikel Franco and catcher Alfaro made errors in the fifth inning as the Padres scored four unearned runs.
Franco was hit by a 94-mph fastball on the left wrist in the fifth inning. He went down hard, but stayed in the game.
Daniel Nava went on the disabled list with a back strain and Cameron Perkins was recalled from Triple A.
Odubel Herrera did not play. He has a sore left hamstring. He could miss Wednesday's game, as well (see story).
Nick Pivetta (4-7, 6.29) pitches against lefty Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14) in Wednesday afternoon's series finale.