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Silent bats can't pick up Ian Kennedy, Padres lose 5-2 to Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA - One pitch cost Ian Kennedy on a night he threw well.

A.J. Burnett threw 7 1-3 sharp innings, Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Will Venable hit a solo homer for San Diego. Kennedy (5-7) gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Kennedy retired the first nine batters before Ben Revere lined a double to right to start Philadelphia's fourth. Chase Utley's RBI single tied it at 1. After Ryan Howard singled, Byrd hit an opposite-field shot into the seats in right-centre field for a 4-1 lead.

"It seems like there's always one pitch you'd like to take back and that was the pitch to Byrd," Kennedy said. "Not a good location."

Otherwise, Kennedy was solid.

"Overall, he threw the ball well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The pitch to Byrd was higher than he intended. A three-run homer can be a death blow in a game and that's what happened tonight. A lot of times one pitch can be the difference."

Burnett (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits to earn his first win since May 20. Jonathan Papelbon left the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth to record his 300th career save, becoming the 26th pitcher to reach that mark. He has 14 consecutive saves after blowing his first try.

Utley and Howard hit consecutive singles before Byrd drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 5-1.

That was enough for Burnett, who shook off his recent struggles and was in control throughout. The righty was 1-4 with a 7.25 ERA in his previous six starts. Burnett walked two after issuing 10 in his last two starts.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the third when Venable lined a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right for only his second homer in 179 at-bats. Venable hit a career-high 22 homers last season.

"He had a real good curveball," Venable said of Burnett. "He's tough to pick up. He knows how to pitch."

The light-hitting Padres entered with the worst batting average in the majors at .218. Carlos Quentin snapped an 0-for-24 slump with a seventh-inning double. But Everth Cabrera (0 for 18) and Jace Peterson (0 for 18) were 0 for 5 to extend their hitless streaks.

Quentin scored on Yonder Alonso's sacrifice fly to cut it to 5-2.

NOTES: Only Arizona has fewer home wins (12) than Philadelphia. ... Papelbon's save was his first since May 24. ... The Padres lost for only the 11th time when having a lead at any point in a game. That's the third-fewest total in the majors. ... The Phillies and Padres have 11 sacrifice flies this season. Only Pittsburgh had fewer (9). ... The Phillies signed RHP Aaron Nola, the seventh overall pick in last week's amateur draft. ... RHP Tyson Ross (6-5, 3.22) of the Padres faces LHP Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.49) on Wednesday night.

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