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Guzman providing steady bat off the bench

Guzman providing steady bat off the bench

Guzman providing steady bat off the bench

PHILADELPHIA -- Jesus Guzman wasn't in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Phillies, which probably wasn't a bad thing for the Padres -- it means they'll have his bat later in the game if needed.

When Guzman drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Rockies, he earned his 13th RBI of the season as a pinch-hitter, which is the most in the Major Leagues, two more than Braves' rookie Evan Gattis.

"When he came to us, that was something that was attractive to us ... the natural hitter in him," Padres manager Bud Black said. "More than anything, Guzzie's strength is his bat. He gives you a good at-bat. And he's got more than a single in him. There's a home run in there."

Guzman is hitting .222 this season as a pinch-hitter with 10 hits, five of which have gone for extra bases, including three home runs.

Guzman's pinch-hit RBI total is tied for the fourth highest single-season total in team history. It's the most since Mark Sweeney had 13 in 1997. Jerry Turner holds the franchise record with 19 RBIs in 1978.

Going into Tuesday's game, Guzman was tied for the fourth-most pinch-hits in the Major Leagues. Kevin Frandsen, who started at first base for the Phillies on Tuesday, had 13.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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