PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brad Penny pitched five-hit ball over eight shutout innings in his first start with the San Francisco Giants, leading the NL wild-card contenders to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
Penny (1-0) was back in his old All-Star form in his first outing since he was released last week by Boston. Penny went 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA this season - including 1-6 in his last 11 starts. Penny could be a huge boost to San Francisco's NL wild-card push if he can pitch like this the rest of September.
Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand each homered for the Giants. The Giants trailed Colorado by 1 game in the wild-card race entering
J.A. Happ (10-4) lost his second straight start for the Phillies.