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Recap: San Diego vs.

PhiladelphiaSan Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in the first inning and J.A.

Happ did the rest, as Philadelphia's 5-1 win capped a three- game sweep of the San Diego Padres.Happ (4-0), in his third start since taking Chan Ho Park's spot in the rotation, scattered four hits and two walks while fanning four in seven scoreless frames for the Phillies, who have won a season-high six straight overall and improved to an MLB-best 19-6 on the road."I just tried to be aggressive," said Happ.

"I have to be aggressive to be successful.

I can't fall behind in the count.

I mixed it up early in the game and kept them off balance."Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz each drove in a run, while Jayson Werth added an RBI after replacing center fielder Shane Victorino, who left the game in the sixth inning with an apparent left hip strain.Chris Young (4-4) was saddled with his first loss in six home starts, yielding three runs on five hits and three walks in a six-inning start for the Padres, who had won 10 straight at Petco Park prior to the series.David Eckstein drove in the lone run for San Diego, which has lost six of its last eight games.Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.

says it's a good time for a day off before facing the Diamondbacks."We got beat pretty bad the last three days," said Gwynn.

"It'll be a good thing for us to try and recharge and get back after it on Friday."With Victorino on second following a double, Howard smoked a Young offering to straightaway center field for his 16th home run of the year in the first.Greg Dobbs made a superb running grab near the warning track to strand three Padres runners in the second, and the Phillies got several insurance runs by playing situational baseball."It's a great feeling, it's like hitting a home run," said Dobbs.

"To track a ball like that and fully stretch out when they don't score any runs, it's big."A pair of singles preceded Feliz's sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Phillies tacked on two more in the seventh.Jimmy Rollins singled, stole second and scored on a single to center by Werth, who scored later in the frame on Ibanez' bases-loaded groundout.Happ retired 14 of the final 16 hitters he faced and was pulled in the eighth for J.C.


The left-handed reliever was making his season debut after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.Romero was shaky, giving up a leadoff single and a one-out, run-scoring hit to Eckstein.

Adrian Gonzalez then worked a walk and Kevin Kouzmanoff laced a shot directly at Rollins at short, leading to an inning-ending double play.Romero said he was very happy with the reaction the fans gave him."That was awesome," he said.

"The reception that I received was overwhelming.

I didn't expect for us to have that many fans in San Diego.

I didn't hear many boos at all so I was very thankful and blessed."Romero then recorded one out in the seventh before Ryan Madson came in and shut the door to complete the sweep.
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