SAN DIEGO -- Cameron Rupp blasted a homer to center field off Kevin Quackenbush in the 12th inning to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Rupp's homer, his third of the season, was projected by Statcast™ to land 416 feet away.
The Phillies homered three times off James Shields, who went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts.
"That was a fun game, man," said Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown, who hit one of the homers and threw out a runner at the plate. "Definitely impressed and happy with how we've been playing. It's been a lot of fun in the second half."
The Padres are now 52-58 and have lost four straight.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Surprise, not out: What looked like a routine fly ball to Brown in right field, turned into a two-run triple for Justin Upton. With two outs in the third, Upton hit the ball deep, but Brown missed the catch at the warning track before running into the wall and falling to the ground. The hit drove in Alexi Amarista and Yangervis Solarte to give the Padres a 3-0 lead.
"I thought I had it, man," Brown said. "Honestly, here, it's a couple more feet on the warning track. I knew that coming from BP, but at the same time I could feel myself getting closer and the ball just kept carrying. I thought I was going to make the play."
Solo power: The Phillies' three solo home runs off Shields were from Brown in the second inning, Ryan Howard in the fourth and Cody Asche in the sixth to keep the game tied going into the 12th, when Rupp homered. More >
"We're being aggressive," Rupp said. "When pitchers make mistakes we're ready for them. We're winning, too. That changes how you come to the ballpark every day. That changes your approach at the plate. When you win you're having fun, everything clicks. And that's the way it's going right now."
Lefty luck:Marc Rzepczynski, who was picked up by the Padres at the Trade Deadline to shore up their left-handed relief, came in to face left-handed hitters Chase Utley and Odubel Herrera. Rzepczynski allowed a hit to Utley, but Herrera grounded out to shortstop Amarista for the final out of the seventh inning.
Nola grinds: Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola battled himself and the strike zone in his fourth start of the season. He allowed six hits, three runs, two walks and struck out six in six innings. He threw 99 pitches, but just 56 (56.5 percent) for strikes. Nola had not thrown fewer than 67 percent of his pitches for strikes in any of his first three starts. Pitching coach Bob McClure was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook, who heard it from both teams throughout the night.
"He worked his way out of a jam [in the sixth], which was huge," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said about Nola. "It's one of those reasons I left him in. He's got to learn how to do that and he did a great job of it."
"There's nothing more fun than winning an extra-inning game and using most of your players. Everybody feels like they contributed. That's a great feeling. To lose those games is miserable." -- Mackanin
"I think that any time this time of year teams go through phases of being a little bit run down. I think that road trip had something to do with it. I think our 3-1 lead usually holds up and it didn't tonight. Again, credit to the Phillies." -- interim manager Pat Murphy on the team still strugglingMore >
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Howard has 26 RBIs since July 5, which, entering Friday, ranked second in the National League.
The Padres lost a challenge in the seventh inning. Brown threw out Solarte at the plate by several feet, but Murphy asked for a review, thinking Phillies catcher Rupp might not have allowed a path to the plate. The replay official in New York confirmed the call.
"Usually when they review it they see something," Brown said. "I got kind of nervous out there in the outfield."
WHAT'S NEXT Phillies: Rookie Adam Morgan, who took a loss vs. the Braves in his last outing will start Saturday. Utley returned from the disabled list Friday night in the series opener against the Padres and batted leadoff in the Phillies' lineup. It will be interesting to see if he is in the lineup for the middle game of the series, and if so, where he hits. Mackanin has said he plans to play Utley about four times a week. More >
Padres:Tyson Ross (8-8, 3.37 ERA) will take the mound Saturday for the 5:40 p.m. PT game. Ross has pitched better on the road with a 2.66 ERA in 81 1/3 innings, compared to his 4.47 ERA in 52 1/3 innings at Petco this season.
Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.