Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The Philadelphia Phillies are in last place in the NL East and are coming off their most discouraging defeat. A visit to San Diego might be just what they need. The Phillies go for their 12th straight victory at Petco Park on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series with the Padres. Playing without the injured Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, Philadelphia (5-7) is struggling to generate much offense, hitting six homers and plating two runs or fewer seven times. The Phillies managed a season-low four hits in a 1-0, 11-inning loss to San Francisco on Wednesday as the highly anticipated matchup between Cliff Lee and Matt Cain lived up to the billing. Cain allowed two hits in nine innings and Lee gave up seven hits in 10, but walked away with nothing to show for it. "It was a classic pitchers' duel,'' Lee said. "I'd rather give up two runs and get the win though. Any time you lose it's disappointing." A series at Petco Park might not be the answer to get the offense on track...
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