Padres look to play spoiler vs. Phillies

Padres look to play spoiler vs. Phils

SAN DIEGO -- After salvaging a game in their three-game series against the Brewers, the Padres will welcome the Phillies to PETCO Park on Friday for a three-game set.

The Phillies had lost five of their past seven games entering Thursday and will try to keep pace with the Mets during their visit to San Diego.

The Padres will try to play spoiler for the Phillies as the San Diego continues to play for pride down the stretch, looking to finish strong during the last two months of a difficult season.

The Padres are .500 over their past 10 games and will face the Phillies' Jamie Moyer on Friday. Moyer is 10-7 this season with a 3.81 ERA over 24 starts.

Greg Maddux will take the mound for the Padres in a matchup of two starting pitchers over the age of 40. Maddux is 42 and Moyer is 45. The two pitchers have started a total of 1,307 Major League games between them.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Greg Maddux (6-8, 4.12 ERA)
The Padres decision not to trade Maddux -- or, better yet, Maddux's decision not to waive his no-trade clause for just any team -- continued to pay dividends on Saturday, when Maddux won his third consecutive start, which marked just the second time he's done that in his one-plus seasons in San Diego. Maddux allowed two runs over six innings, and even drove in a run with a bunt single, his first bunt single in nearly a decade. Better still, Maddux pitched into the seventh inning and did so using just 71 pitches.

PHI: LHP Jamie Moyer (10-7, 3.81 ERA)
Moyer held the Pirates to three runs in six innings on Sunday afternoon. The 45-year-old has now allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past 12 starts, a stretch not accomplished by a Phillies pitcher since 1967. Moyer is 7-7 with a 4.53 ERA in 17 career starts against the Padres.

Trevor Hoffman has converted 15 consecutive save opportunities including No. 550 on Thursday. ... Jake Peavy's win marked the first time he's won a game since July 27 at Pittsburgh. ... Peavy's start was his 16th quality start of the season and has now recorded 10 quality starts in his past 12 outings. He is now the National League ERA leader with a 2.61 ERA, surpassing the Giants' Tim Lincecum's 2.67. ... Chase Headley has hit safely in nine straight games dating back to Aug. 5. He is hitting .433 over that stretch.

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On the Internet
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•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

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On radio
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Up next
• Saturday: TBD vs. Phillies (Kyle Kendrick, 10-6, 4.74), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Sunday: Padres (Cha Seung Baek, 4-7, 5.20) vs. Phillies (Cole Hamels, 9-8, 3.32), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: Off-day

Ronald Clark is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.