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Padres top Phils, end 10-game skid vs. Philadelphia

Jul 25, 2011 - 11:15 PM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The streak is over.

It took more than a year, but the San Diego Padres have ended their drought against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Chris Denorfia highlighted a four-run second inning with a steal of home, as the Padres held on to win, 5-4, and salvage the finale of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

San Diego snapped a 10-game skid versus the Phillies with their first victory over the National League East leaders since June 7, 2010.

And it came against All-Star southpaw Cliff Lee (9-7), who surrendered all five runs and matched a season high by giving up 10 hits in just four innings.

Chase Headley had three of those hits, including an RBI double in the second, for the Padres.

"We came out swinging," said San Diego manager Bud Black. "We knew we had a big challenge against one of the best pitchers in the game and our guys responded."

Aaron Harang (9-2) permitted four runs on eight hits over six frames to win his fifth straight decision.

The Phillies opened the scoring in the first inning on Shane Victorino's RBI double off the right field wall. It could have been more, but Ryan Howard was thrown out at home trying to score from first on the play.

San Diego began the decisive second inning with a two-bagger from Jesus Guzman, who scored the tying run on Rob Johnson's one-out double -- where Philadelphia right fielder Domonic Brown made a diving attempt and had the ball deflect off his glove.

Lee struck out his counterpart, but three more runners crossed the plate before the third out was recorded. Denorfia singled home Johnson and took second base on the throw home. Denorfia then stole third base and, after Jason Bartlett drew a walk, he hustled home on a lazy pickoff throw to first base by Lee. Headley followed with a run-scoring double to center.

"It's the first time that's ever happened. I didn't even consider (a steal of home) as a possibility," Lee said. "Next time I'm in that situation, I'm gonna make more of a firm throw to first and not allow that to happen."

Ryan Ludwick added a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to put San Diego up 5-1, but the Phillies chipped away at the deficit, beginning with two runs in the bottom portion.

After Raul Ibanez ripped a one-out double, Brown hit a fly ball to right- center that fell in between Denorfia and Ludwick, who collided on the play. Brown, who was credited with his first career triple, then scored on a single by Carlos Ruiz.

Ibanez singled home Victorino in the sixth, and the Phillies threatened to pull even in the eighth. Padres reliever Mike Adams struck out both Chase Utley and Howard looking before Victorino slapped a triple to right field. Adams, though, coaxed a ground ball to third from Ibanez to preserve the lead.

Heath Bell gave up a leadoff walk to Brown in the ninth, but closed out the game to earn his 29th save of the season.

Game Notes

Denorfia's steal of home was the first by the Padres since Mark Sweeney on July 6, 2005 at Houston. It was also the first straight steal of home for San Diego since Eric Owens on May 21, 1999...Lee entered play with a 0.95 ERA over his last seven starts at Citizens Bank Park...Philadelphia reliever Brad Lidge made his season debut Monday, pitching a scoreless seventh inning. He was activated on Friday after spending time on the disabled list with a right posterior rotator cuff strain...Ruiz has now hit safely in 11 straight games...The Phillies will continue a 10-game homestand with three games against the San Francisco Giants starting Tuesday. It will be a rematch of the 2010 NLCS...San Diego begins a nine-game homestand Tuesday with three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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  • Raul Ibanez singled to right scored Shane Victorino. Runner on first with one out and Domonic Brown due up.

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  • Carlos Ruiz singled to center scored Domonic Brown. Runner on first with one out and Cliff Lee due up.

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  • Ryan Ludwick sacrifice fly out to center scored Chris Denorfia.. Runner on second with two outs and Kyle Blanks due up.

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  • Chase Headley doubled to center scored Jason Bartlett. Runner on second with two outs and Ryan Ludwick due up.

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  • Chris Denorfia stole home. Runner on first with two outs and Chase Headley at the plate.

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  • Chris Denorfia singled to left scored Rob Johnson. On the throw Chris Denorfia advanced to second. Runner on second with two outs and Jason Bartlett due up.

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  • Rob Johnson doubled to right scored Jesus Guzman.. Runner on second with one out and Aaron Harang due up.

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  • Shane Victorino doubled to right scored Chase Utley On the play, Ryan Howard out at home. to end the inning.

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