Between the raindrops, the Phillies rode the clutch hitting of Reid Brignac and John Mayberry Jr. to a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon.

For the first time in more than three weeks, the Phils have won three games in a row.

Now comes the difficult part.

Or at least something that has proven to be very difficult for the Phillies.

Can they win four in a row?

Good teams do it frequently, but the Phillies haven’t been a good team in quite some time.

To wit: They have not won more than three games in a row in over a year -- since June 2-6, 2013, when they won five in a row, to be exact.

A team with a payroll of more than $180 million that hasn’t strung together a four-game winning streak in over a year?

Hard to believe, Harry.

“I didn’t know that,” said Mayberry, who got the start at first base in place of resting Ryan Howard on Thursday and smacked a three-run home run in the seventh inning to help key the three-game sweep of the Padres. “It’s hard to believe.”

Winning pitcher Kyle Kendrick echoed Mayberry.