PHILADELPHIA -- It is not often a closer in Philadelphia blows a save and gets a standing ovation.
But Brad Lidge is an exception, a player whose perfection was applauded by the sellout crowd, even in the face of his first blown save with the Phillies. The right-hander allowed four runs, including a three-run homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff, and the San Diego Padres beat the Phillies 8-5 on Saturday night.
Lidge (0-1) was a perfect 48-for-48, including the playoffs, in save chances last year in his first season with the Phillies. He hadn't blown a save opportunity since Sept. 23, 2007, when he was with Houston. His regular-season streak ended at 47.
"I tried not to think about what it would feel like when it ended," said Lidge, who has been shaky at times this season. "Now that it's over, I've proud of what I did, but this is a new season and I need to pitch better. I need to get myself back on track and start a new streak. I'm not pitching my best right now."
Lidge, who was presented with the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award before the game, entered in the ninth to protect a one-run lead. But Jody Gerut led off with a double and scored from third to tie it at 5-5 on Brian Giles' grounder to first base, and first baseman Ryan Howard playing back.
Manager Charlie Manuel said that he played the infield back with one out and a runner on third because the heart of the Padres' order was coming up.
Manuel removed Lidge to a standing ovation from the packed house at Citizens Bank Park.
"Normally, you're not happy in a situation like that, but it made me feel good," Lidge said of the ovation. "I'm still not happy with how we performed, but I appreciate our fans."
Heath Bell, a full-time closer for the first time in his career, retired the Phillies in the ninth inning for his league-leading seventh save, running the Padres' winning streak and the Phillies' losing streak to three.
"I feel bad for him," Bell said. "In a closer way I feel bad for him, but I'm happy we won."
The Padres have done a lot of winning lately, starting off 9-3 and are tied for first in the NL West with the Dodgers. Cla Meredith (3-0) got the last two outs in the eighth for the victory.
Ibanez hit his team-leading fourth home run, a one-out shot in the second, but Gonzalez gave the Padres a 2-1 lead with a third-inning shot to center field.
Hours before the game, an estimated 9,000 fans -- many whom arrived well before sunrise -- walked through Citizens Bank Park and said goodbye to Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.
The Phillies also held an afternoon memorial service for Kalas, who died Monday at age 73, while preparing in Washington for a Phillies-Nationals game.
Many mourners wept as they passed Kalas' casket, located behind home plate, and celebrated Kalas' life during a 90-minute on-field tribute. The ceremony ended with a family friend singing the first verse to High Hopes! and a video of Kalas singing the second verse.
- Phillies P Jamie Moyer was among a group who spoke at the memorial service for Kalas, held Saturday afternoon. Others included Mayor Michael Nutter, Gov. Ed Rendell and Hall of Fame 3B Mike Schmidt.
- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and center fielder Shane Victorino received their Rawlings Gold Gloves before the game.
- Padres starter Walter Silva will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 13. He will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Josh Geer, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Phillies.