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LAD@SD: Marquis fans five over six solid frames

The Padres will look to make club history in the second of a three-game set against the Phillies at Petco Park on Tuesday.

With Jason Marquis pitching at home, the Padres have been a very tough team to beat, historically tough. In his past eight starts at home, the Padres are 8-0, one game shy of the club mark for consecutive team wins at home by a San Diego starter.

In those starts, Marquis is 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 52 1/3 innings. He hasn't reached 10 wins in a season since 2009 with the Rockies, but he has the chance to hit that mark on Tuesday.

What may be even more impressive is that the club is 10-1 in Marquis' last 11 starts.

However, in his last start, Marquis didn't get a decision, even though the right-hander allowed only two earned runs on seven hits and walk, while striking out five in six innings against the Dodgers. But the Padres won the game.

"He didn't have command of his sinker but kept the ball down," Padres manager Bud Black said of Marquis. "You saw a better true changeup. He didn't quite have a feel for his pitches ... but he still made pitches."

Opposing Marquis may be the perfect storm in the Phillies.

Philadelphia has lost only seven of 31 games at Petco Park since it opened in 2004, including Monday's 4-3 heartbreaker.

The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick to the mound, who's coming off one of his better starts of the season.

Kendrick allowed only two hits and walk in 7 2/3 innings against the Nationals, while striking out six and leaving after 92 pitches because of a desirable left-handed matchup.

"K.K. pitched a good game," Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said. "Sometimes you scratch your head going back to the dugout, trying to figure out how you made an out or why you didn't hit that pitch. He has good stuff, he has late movement. He continues to be successful."

Phillies: Halladay 'feels good' after throwing
A May shoulder surgery shut down perennial workhorse Roy Halladay, but the last few days have been kinder to the veteran.

Halladay has been tossing a baseball from about 60 feet in hopes of returning at some point this season.

"It feels good," the two-time Cy Young winner said.

However, Halladay remains cautious, insisting that 'tossing' was the key word in his progress rather than 'throwing.'

Regardless, the Phillies are hopeful that Halladay will pitch again before the season is over.

"It looks very, very good," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "The arm action, he's able to get his arm back up very easily. No effort at all. Whereas before, because of the stuff that he had going on in his shoulder, he couldn't get it up on a consistent basis. But now his arm slot is fantastic and he's doing very, very well so far. He's a long ways from pitching, but everything so far is going according to plan."

• Ryan Howard sat out Monday's game with a sore left knee.

It's an issue that's plagued the Phillies slugger for the past couple of weeks, but hasn't hampered his performance at the plate.

Over his last 12 games, Howard is batting .432 with three home runs, and 11 RBIs. He also has seven multi-hit games during that stretch and has raised his season average from .251 to .282.

Padres: Alonso progressing from hand injury
Yonder Alonso is moving slowly but surely towards a return from the disabled list.

Alonso saw a specialist prior to Monday's game against the Phillies. He received scans and X-rays that revealed the bone in his right hand is healing well.

The first baseman injured his hand when he was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup on May 31, and he landed on the DL the following day.

Alonso is expected to have the splint removed from his hand by the end of the week, and he should resume baseball activities shortly thereafter.

"Start playing some catch and doing some strength exercises, and from there, maybe get in the batting cage," Padres manager Bud Black said.

• San Diego has played pretty good baseball the last two months, and the Padres' play at home is big reason for that. San Diego is 24-9 in its last 33 games at Petco Park after a 1-7 start at home.

Worth noting
• Despite losing their last three games at Petco Park, including Monday night's loss, the Phillies are 24-7 (.774) all-time against the Padres in the stadium since it opened in 2004. It's the highest winning percentage for any visiting team (minimum of four games).

• After Monday's come from behind victory, the Padres extended their winning streak against the National League East to six, improving their record against the division to 10-4 on the season. Comments