SAN DIEGO – Cole Hamels held his punchless hometown Padres to four hits in eight innings and the Philadelphia Phillies won 2-0 on Friday night, handing San Diego its second straight shutout and third in five games.
The Phillies have thrown consecutive four-hitters against the Padres, who have gone 21 scoreless innings since Wednesday night's win in a split doubleheader at Chicago. San Diego has been shut out a major league-leading six times in 20 games. It was Philadelphia's major league-leading fifth shutout.
On Thursday night, Roy Oswalt and three relievers combined for a four-hit, 3-0 win.
Hamels struck out eight and walked three.
Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his first save.
Hamels also had two singles. His first came in the third, but he was caught off the bag for the first out, so he wasn't on board when Howard hit his booming triple into the gap in right-center. Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco were on base after drawing consecutive walks and advancing on Clayton Richard's wild pitch.
The Phillies have won nine straight and 13 of 14 at Petco Park since the 2008 season.
The Padres threatened in the second when Ryan Ludwick walked and Cameron Maybin doubled with one out. After Hamels struck out Will Venable, Alberto Gonzalez was intentionally walked before Richard lined out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Richard allowed two runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked four.
NOTES: Padres 3B Chase Headley didn't start due to an illness but he entered during a double switch in the top of the eighth. ... Padres OF Chris Denorfia was sidelined by a strained groin. ... The four-game series continues Saturday night with Phillies RHP Joe Blanton scheduled to face RHP Tim Stauffer. RHP Roy Halladay is scheduled to start for the Phillies on Sunday while LHP Wade LeBlanc is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tucson to start for the Padres.