PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia is set for its NL championship series rematch with San Francisco.
Payback is not their immediate concern.
``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, but the three-game series against the defending World Series champions could be a taste of a postseason preview between two teams that have picked up where they left off last October.
``I'm kind of anxious to see how they look and how we'll play against them,' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Giants catch a break because of manager Bruce Bochy's decision to pitch starter Roy Halladay two innings and then follow with Cliff Lee in the All-Star game. The decision - Bochy used no Giants starters - forced the Phillies to shift their post-break starting rotation. Both aces will miss the Giants.
Lee had one of his worst starts of the year and was outpitched by Aaron Harang in San Diego's 5-4 win on Monday. The Phillies failed to finish a four-game sweep and lost to the Padres for the first time since June 7, 2010.
``Just one of those days,' Manuel said. ``He's human.'
San Francisco sends Tim Lincecum (8-8) to the mound Tuesday against Philadelphia's Vance Worley (6-1). The Giants lead the NL West and the Phillies (64-37) have the best record in baseball.
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 Chris 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
Harang (9-2) gave up four runs in six innings and closer Heath Bell worked out of jam in the ninth for his 29th save. He left the tying run stranded when he retired Jimmy Rollins on a flyout to end the game.
``Sometimes you have to come up with big pitches and, fortunately, that's what I did,' Bell 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 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 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 fans were amazing, and I felt great,' Lidge said. ``It was great to be back. These fans have always been incredible for me and my career.'
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. Raul Ibanez added an RBI single in the sixth.
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.
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