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Phils can’t overcome early deficit left by Lee

Phils starter Cliff Lee gave up five runs in his four-inning outing, a very uncharacteristic start for the All-Star. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Maybe the Phillies should trade for Chris Denorfia.

The Padres’ outfielder plagued the Phillies during this four-game series and went two-for-five with an RBI and a run scored.

In a very uncharacteristic start by Cliff Lee, Denorfia and the Padres were able to get the best of the Phillies.

Lee only lasted four innings as he gave up five runs on ten hits with five strikeouts and a walk in a 5-4 loss. The ten hits tied a season high which Lee collected during his shortest start of the year against Atlanta in the second game of the season.

The Phillies did grab the lead in the early going. Chase Utley reached base with a walk and Shane Victorino doubled him home for an early 1-0 lead.

But the Padres struck in a big way in the second inning. They pushed four runs across the plate with RBI hits from Chris Denorfia, Chase Headley, and Ryan Ludwick.

The Phillies did chip away at the lead. They scored two runs in the second inning on an RBI triple by Domonic Brown and an RBI single by Carlos Ruiz.

Victorino doubled again in the sixth inning and Raul Ibanez drove him in with an RBI single.

But it wasn’t enough as the Phillies weren’t able to push the tying run across.

The bullpen pitched very well as they pitched five scoreless innings and really held the fort to keep it a one run game.

Brad Lidge pitched in his first game since last season and tossed a scoreless seventh inning. He also had a strikeouts in that frame.

The Phillies now welcome in the World Champion San Francisco Giants for a three-game set.

2B: Ibanez (20), Victorino (16). 3B: Brown (1), Victorino (10)

WP: Harang (9-2). LP: Lee (9-7).

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