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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies added a few defensive mishaps to their recent hitting woes.

A day after San Diego ended a 13-game home losing streak to Phillies, the Padres shut down Philadelphia 6-1 Sunday.

"We are going to test our fortitude," said right fielder Hunter Pence, who is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. "We are going to test our resolve right here, especially in Philly. I have all the confidence within. I owe a lot to my teammates, the way I've been swinging it, to the Phillies, to everyone."

Philadelphia has scored two or fewer runs in 10 of 16 games this season. The NL East champions also committed three errors in the game after beginning the day with the fewest errors (six) and best fielding percentage (.990) in the league.

Nick Hundley homered, tripled and drove in a career-high four runs, leading Anthony Bass and the Padres to a split of the four-game series. San Diego has its first two-game winning streak of the season.

"We have to stay strong within and keep pushing, keep attacking and keep believing that we are going to hit better than we are hitting," Pence said.

Hundley, who began the season in an 0-for-21 slump, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, an RBI triple in the third and two-run homer in the fifth off Joe Blanton (1-3). Hundley has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 10 for 26 over that stretch.

"He hung a curveball out over the plate that I got good," Hundley said. "I don't think my swing ever left, I think my approach and my mental state was terrible early on. I think my swing was OK, I just had to keep battling."

Bass (1-2) pitched three-hit ball for six innings and allowed an unearned run. He walked five and struck out a career-high seven in his sixth major league start.

Three Padres pitchers combined to hold Philadelphia scoreless over the final four innings.

The split gave San Diego its first non-losing series of the season. The Padres have not won a series against Philadelphia since taking a three-game set in July 2006.

"I'm sick of those guys, and it's not from anything they do except for beating us," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said. "We play OK, but it just seems like every time they come in here, they're playing well and getting every break you can get, and we're just not. It was nice to not have to answer that question today."

Each team made three errors, accounting for four unearned runs in the game.

"The last two nights were just bad games," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Today, it got a little bit sloppier. It's been a while since we played this bad. I look at it like this is a test. It's a test for the coaching staff, the manager and the players. I see guys who are trying too hard. They just need to relax and play like we can."

Blanton yielded six runs — three earned — on seven hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked two.

"Two-out walks kind of killed me," Blanton said. "I thought I made a couple of good pitches that I didn't get the call."

Headley doubled home two runs in the first and has hit safely in nine straight games, and 13 of his last 14. Over that stretch, he is hitting .362 (17 for 47) with four homers, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

NOTES: Clayton Richard (1-1, 5.89 ERA) will pitch for the Padres when they open a three-game series on Tuesday against Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 2.04) and Washington. ... Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) will start Monday in Arizona for the Phillies in the first of a three-game set.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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