By Sam Bush
Austin Hedges had four hits and Joey Lucchesi pitched six strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Phillies.
The loss cost the Phils the weekend series but more importantly left them tied with the Mets and Brewers two games out of the second wild card spot in the National League.
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left after the fifth inning because of dehydration. Harper had blurred vision, received an IV and was much improved after the game.
“I feel better now,” he said. “It’s weird. An hour ago, I couldn’t see in front of me kinda.”
On a hot, muggy afternoon with a gametime temperature of 90 degrees, Harper was lifted prior to taking the field in the sixth. Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract in the offseason, has played in 123 of 124 games this season.
Harper singled in the fourth inning, pulling up abruptly after rounding first base while considering trying for a double. He later slid hard into second base while breaking up a potential double play.
Harper also made a strong throw in the top of the fourth, nailing Hedges at second base as he tried to stretch a single into a double.
Lucchesi (8-7) gave up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks, halting his second-half struggles. Lucchesi entered 0-3 with a 6.15 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, and San Diego had lost all six of those games. But he kept the Phillies off-balance with a fastball that tops out in the low 90’s and a slow, sinking changeup.
“I felt like I got in a rhythm, getting the ball and going,” he said.
Jean Segura had a pair of RBI doubles for the Phillies, who lost their second straight after tying their season high with four consecutive wins. Philadelphia entered Sunday a game behind the Cubs for the NL’s second wild-card berth.
“We weren’t able to consistently get the barrel on the ball,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.
Kirby Yates struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 35th save in his 38th chance.
The Phillies had tied it in the sixth on Segura’s two-out double to left-center that scored Adam Haseley, who walked after replacing Harper in the batting order.
Jason Vargas, in his fourth start since being acquired from the Mets, allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old Vargas has a 3.91 ERA with Philadelphia.
Philly went ahead in the first on the first of Segura’s two-out RBI doubles, this one scoring Harper.
San Diego took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth on Urias’ opposite-field shot to right field. It was the second home run of the season and fourth in 143 career at-bats for Urias.