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Padres end 10-game losing streak to Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Denorfia robbed a home run in one game and stole home in the next.

Denorfia sparked San Diego with its first steal of home since 2005. It had only seemed that long since the Padres were able to defeat Philadelphia.

Aaron Harang outpitched Cliff Lee, Denorfia stole home and the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time in more than a year, 5-4 on Monday.

Harang (9-2) gave up four runs in six innings to help the Padres avoid a four-game sweep and defeat the Phillies for the first time since June 7, 2010. The Phillies had beaten the Padres 10 straight times, their second-longest streak against them since winning 11 from 2004-06.

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Lee (9-7) lasted only four innings, his second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed 10 hits, five runs and made a pickoff blunder that allowed Denorfia to steal home.

His soft toss to first gave Denorfia the opening he needed to bolt from third and give the Padres a 3-1 lead.

"I started to walk and when it looked like a pick, I took off," Denorfia said.

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 29th save. Domonic Brown opened the ninth with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Ross Gload, who leads the majors with 13 pinch hits, struck out swinging on a 95 mph fastball. Bell retired Jimmy Rollins on a flyout to save it for Harang.

Harang improved to 4-0 with 2.17 ERA over his last nine starts.

"He kept us in the game and our hitters did a good job," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Not Lee.

After the Phillies staked Lee to a 1-0 lead, he unraveled in the second. Lee, who had allowed only three runs over 14 innings in his last two starts, gave up four in the inning.

Jesus Guzman led off the inning with a double and scored on Rob Johnson's tying double. Johnson came around on Denorfia's single to left. Denorfia advanced to second on the throw home, stole third, then scored when Lee attempted to pick off Jason Bartlett at first. Chase Headley's RBI double to center made it 4-1 and the Phillies couldn't recover.

Lee said he soft-tossed to first because he saw Bartlett wasn't trying to steal. His rare mental mistake was all Denorfia needed to become the first Padre to steal home since Mark Sweeney on July 6, 2005.

"That's the first time that's ever happened," Lee said. "I didn't even consider that as a possibility right there. Next time I'm in that situation, I need to make a more firm throw to first and not allow that to happen."

Denorfia's steal came a day after he sprinted with his back to home plate, twisted his body at the last second and extended his arm over the short wall to rob Raul Ibanez.

The Phillies held a Christmas in July promotion and fans brought signs that read "Merry Cliff-Mas." There was little good cheer after Ryan Ludwick's sacrifice fly made it 5-1.

The Padres, in last place in the NL West, snapped a three-game losing streak. They did it without getting a hit after the fifth inning.

The loss appeared to be just a minor blip for the Phillies. They open a three-game series Tuesday at home with defending World Series champion San Francisco. The Giants eliminated the Phillies in last year's NL championship series.

"I don't walk around saying I want revenge on these guys," Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino said. "Revenge would be bringing the trophy back to Philly."

There's plenty of time for that, and the Phillies should have a familiar arm in the bullpen to help them chase the championships.

Philadelphia's highlight came in the seventh when former closer Brad Lidge made his season debut. Lidge had been out with a partially torn rotator cuff. He threw 11 pitches in a scoreless inning of work and received a standing ovation as he left the mound. Lidge will forever be remembered in Philadelphia for going 48 for 48 save opportunities in 2008 when he led the Phillies to the World Series championship.

The Phillies squandered two big scoring chances that could have led to a sweep.

In the eighth, Victorino was stranded on third after a two-out triple. And Ryan Howard was easily thrown out at home on Victorino's two-out double off the right-field wall in the first.

Brown's first career triple and Carlos Ruiz's run-scoring single in the fourth off Harang cut it to 5-3. Ibanez added an RBI single in the sixth.

Denorfia collided with right fielder Ludwick on Brown's hit and both fielders were down as the ball scooted away. Denorfia's left shoulder crashed into Ludwick's head. The team trainer and Black both visited their shaken-up outfielders. Ludwick left the game in the sixth. Denorfia moved to right and Will Venable took over in center.

"I was a little bit woozy, but my body parts were OK," Ludwick said.

Notes

  • Phillies All-Star 3B Placido Polanco (back) said he hoped to play two rehab games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and return to the lineup Saturday.
  • Phillies RHP Jose Contreras (mild right forearm strain) is set for a PRP (platelet- rich plasma) injection soon.
  • RHP Joe Blanton (elbow) is set for an exam on Tuesday.
  • The Padres finished 4-3 on their road trip.
  • The Padres have stolen a base in every game since July 10, a stretch of 12 straight games.
 
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Chris Denorfia slides home safely past the tag of Carlos Ruiz, giving San Diego a 3-1 second-inning lead. (AP)
Chris Denorfia slides home safely past the tag of Carlos Ruiz, giving San Diego a 3-1 second-inning lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

C. Denorfia
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF5221010 .276
Jason Bartlett, SS4100120 .248
Chase Headley, 3B5031010 .298
Ryan Ludwick, RF2011001 .242
    Will Venable, CF1000000 .249
Kyle Blanks, LF4000033 .154
Jesus Guzman, 1B4110000 .299
Orlando Hudson, 2B4020001 .244
Rob Johnson, C4121011 .203
Aaron Harang, P3000024 .143
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Logan Forsythe, PH0000000 .200
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals365114110  
a-hit by pitch for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (26, Lee), Jesus Guzman (7, Lee), Orlando Hudson (9, Carpenter), Rob Johnson (4, Lee)
SF - Ryan Ludwick (5)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (18), Chase Headley (35), Ryan Ludwick (62), Rob Johnson (11)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Denorfia (8), Chase Headley (17)
SB - Chris Denorfia 2 (10, 3rd base off Lee/Ruiz, off Lee/Ruiz)
CS - Logan Forsythe (1, 2nd base by Stutes/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Ludwick 1
DP - Bartlett-Hudson-Guzman
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (W,9-2) 6844220 3.45
Chad Qualls (H,10) 1100000 3.44
Mike Adams (H,22) 1100020 1.17
Heath Bell (S,29) 1000110 2.40
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 100-62, Chad Qualls 10-7, Mike Adams 12-10, Heath Bell 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-10, Chad Qualls 1-1, Mike Adams 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 26, Chad Qualls 3, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000102 .268
Michael Martinez, 3B4000001 .230
Chase Utley, 2B3110110 .283
Ryan Howard, 1B4010012 .249
Shane Victorino, CF4131000 .302
Raul Ibanez, LF4121011 .246
Domonic Brown, RF3111101 .249
Carlos Ruiz, C3011001 .267
Cliff Lee, P1000010 .205
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000001 .223
    Drew Carpenter, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   b- John Mayberry Jr., PH1010000 .248
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
   c- Ross Gload, PH1000011 .269
Totals33410435  
a-grounded into a double play for Lee in the 4th
b-singled for Lidge in the 7th
c-struck out for Stutes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino 2 (16, Harang, Harang), Raul Ibanez (20, Harang)
3B - Shane Victorino (10, Adams), Domonic Brown (1, Harang)
SH - Carlos Ruiz (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino (37), Raul Ibanez (51), Domonic Brown (17), Carlos Ruiz (23)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (19)
SB - Chase Utley (11, 2nd base off Harang/Johnson)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (3, 2nd base by Qualls/Johnson)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee (L,9-7) 41055150 3.05
Drew Carpenter 2100020 5.40
Brad Lidge 1000010 0.00
Michael Stutes 2000020 3.19
HBP - Forsythe (by Michael Stutes)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 82-55, Drew Carpenter 35-21, Brad Lidge 11-7, Michael Stutes 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 6-1, Drew Carpenter 2-2, Brad Lidge 2-0, Michael Stutes 3-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 23, Drew Carpenter 7, Brad Lidge 3, Michael Stutes 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45640
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Al Porter