Bryce Harper broke HR drought, Phillies swept the Padres

July 15, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) reacted alongside San Diego Padres second baseman Ha-Seong Kim (7) after hitting a double during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Image: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Schwarber hit a home run and cruised within three runs, Bryce Harper added a home run and a double, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 to sweep the day-night double lead on Saturday.

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The Phillies won the opener 6-4

Johan Rojas added three hits and two RBI while Trea Turner had two hits and an RBI. Bryson Stott also contributed two hits and two runs.

Phillies starter Taijuan Walker (11-3) threw five innings and gave up four hits and two runs with three walks and three strikes. It was Walker’s seventh straight win

Juan Soto had two hits and an RBI and Trent Grisham added an RBI for the Padres

Padres starting Ryan Weathers (1-6) allowed six hits and four runs with two walks and two hits in 4 2/3 innings

The Padres were 1-0 up in the first set when Fernando Tatis Jr. groundout RBI while diving stopped by Stott at second base. Tatis then left the game in the sixth inning with a foot injury

Harper ripped a solo homer to center in the fourth to tie the game at 1. It was only Harper’s fourth home run of the season and his first since May 25 – a span of 166 plate appearances.

San Diego regained a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Grisham singled out an RBI to right.

In the bottom of the fifth, Garrett Stubbs performed a bunt single followed by Rojas’ single for his first Major League hit. Schwarber then hit a three-run homer to right and the Phillies came back 4-2 up

Rojas’ RBI single bunt with one in the sixth gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Turner added an RBI single for a four-run lead

Edmundo Sosa was hit by a pitch by Brent Honeywell with a loaded base in the seventh for a 7-2 lead. Stubbs then pulled away to force another run and Rojas followed suit with an RBI for a 9-2 lead.

Soto hit an RBI double to deep center in the eighth and the Padres kept running in the ninth on a wild field by Gregory Soto

–Field Level Media

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