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Padres get a rare victory over Phillies

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.

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 past nine starts.

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

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 past two starts, gave up four in the inning.

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 National League 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 today at home with defending World Series champion San Francisco. The Giants eliminated the Phillies in last year’s NL championship series.

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