The Giants look to gain more ground in the divisional race by sending their ace to the hill in the series finale.

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

San Diego had its five-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 3-2 loss to San Francisco at AT&T Park.  “We had our chances,” said manager Bud Black, whose team lost to the Giants for just the second time in 10 chances this season.  The Padres left a season-high 16 runners on base and were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.  The club has posted an impressive 13-5 record on Sundays this year (+880), which is  their best winning percentage of any day.  San Diego has won each of its last eight Sunday games and 11 of the last 12.   With the team being 21 games over .500, it’s important to note that the only other San Diego teams to reach that mark at any point of the season are the two National League champion clubs (1998 and 1994).  The Padres bring in a solid 23-13 record in day games this season (+1,160) and the total stands at 17-14 O/U in those contests.

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The top two teams in the National League square off in an important series at Turner Field

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves

San Diego comes into this series showing some offensive might, tallying double-digit hits in seven out of nine games, as the team is hitting .324 over that span.  The Padres now kick off a six-game road trip in facing the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.  The team is a solid 24-18 away from Petco Park (+1,180) and the total is 14-25 O/U in those games.  Manager Bud Black was just rewarded with a three-year contract extension, leading the Padres to a 54-37 record (+2,020), which is the best record in the National League.  The club has recorded an 8-5 record this month (+160), but is a terrible 25-41 during July the last three years (-1,570).

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Tampa Bay looks to avoid being swept by the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.

San Diego Padres at Tampa Bay Rays – Day

San Diego hammered out three home runs in picking up a 5-4 road victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.  The victory moved the team’s record to 19-13 on the road (+1,060), giving them the top record in the National League away from home.  First baseman Adrian Gonzalez continued his red-hot month of June, as he ranks first in the National League in batting average in June (.428).  The rest of the league is starting to realize that the Padres are not a fluke this season, with the team recording a 75-54 record since August 1, 2009.  This series is the first for San Diego on artificial turf and it doesn’t seem to be bothering them with victories in the opening two games

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The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight meetings against the Padres, a team that has the National League’s best record coming into tonight’s contest.

San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies

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