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PHI@SD: Worley fans 11 over seven shutout innings

SAN DIEGO -- Vance Worley was having trouble seeing from the mound.

His goggles were fogging up during the Phillies' game against the Padres on Thursday night at Petco Park. He had trouble seeing what catcher Carlos Ruiz was calling behind the plate.

For the first time in a game, Worley had to stop and request a towel from the bench to wipe the goggles that were blurry as Worley sweated in the cool air during the seventh inning. He then struck out pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay looking to leave runners at first and third to end the threat and help the Phillies hang on for a 2-0 victory over the Padres in the series opener.

"Finally, when Kotsay was up there, I couldn't see what Chooch was calling. I was like, 'Timeout,'" Worley said. "Nobody knew what I was signaling for."

Worley struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings for his first victory of the season. Paired with Ruiz rather than his usual catcher Brian Schneider, Worley (1-1) allowed four hits and three walks.

"We went with the breaking ball early," Worley said about his teamwork with Ruiz. "I think he did a really good job of mixing up the pitches for me right off the bat, going with the curveball, a couple of changeups to kind of show that it's there. We still stuck with the bread and butter, the sinker and cutter."

Worley's previous career high for strikeouts was nine, set last August against the Mets.

"Today, they were just swinging and missing," he said.

The Padres stranded runners at third base against him in the second, sixth and seventh innings.

"His confidence level is big," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He can definitely rebound when he gets in jams. He can turn it up."

And the Phillies got all the offense they needed to win their 12th in a row at Petco Park, the longest active streak for any visiting team at a ballpark. They're now 23-4 all-time at the stadium.

After they finished with four hits in their second shutout loss of the season Wednesday against the Giants, the Phillies managed six hits Thursday. They clung to a 1-0 lead until the ninth inning, when they added a run. Hunter Pence scored on a passed ball after he drew a leadoff walk against Ernesto Frieri and advanced to third on Shane Victorino's single.

The Phillies scored their first run in the first inning on Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly after Juan Pierre drew a leadoff walk and Placido Polanco singled against Padres rookie starting pitcher Joe Wieland (0-2). Pence and Victorino singled to load the bases with one out, but John Mayberry Jr. popped out and Ruiz grounded into a forceout to end the inning.

"They always say leadoff walks are going to be runs," said Wieland, who struck out seven and allowed five hits and a walk in six innings in his second Major League start. "They were right."

Asked if he was encouraged by the Phillies' offensive production, Manuel said: "We scored two more runs than we did last night."

Victorino and Pierre, who batted leadoff, each had two hits. Pierre hit the Phillies' first triple of the season.

"He did a good job," Manuel said.

The Padres squandered several scoring opportunities. Jeremy Hermida led off the second inning with a triple but was stranded after a lineout, a strikeout and a groundout. The Padres put runners on the corners in the sixth inning after a single by Will Venable, Cameron Maybin's sacrifice bunt and a single by Chase Headley. But the inning ended on a double play when Hermida struck out and Venable was caught trying to steal home.

And the Padres had another chance in the seventh after Jason Bartlett drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on Orlando Hudson's single. But Worley struck out Kotsay looking to end that threat.

"He had a good, tight slider and for him, that sharp breaking pitch was good," Padres manager Bud Black said about Worley. "And his fastball had some movement."

"He was good. He was aggressive. He stayed aggressive," Manuel said.

Chad Qualls relieved Worley and threw a scoreless eighth. After issuing a leadoff walk, closer Jonathan Papelbon got a double play and a strikeout to earn his fourth save. Comments