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PIT@PHI: Lee strikes out seven over seven frames

The last time Cliff Lee took the mound, the Phillies were shut out by the Indians, 6-0, just a day after the Tribe beat up on them by a dozen, 14-2.

After the game, Lee issued somewhat of a subtle challenge to his squad, which has scored two or fewer runs in four of the left-hander's six starts this year, including being held scoreless twice.

"They pretty much pounded us both games, there's no way around it," Lee said. "They crushed us. It was never really close, either one of them. We have to have a little more pride than that and figure out a way to at least get back into games and make it somewhat competitive."

Lee will hope to get a little more support this time around when he toes the rubber again Monday as the Phillies open up a series with the defending champion Giants in San Francisco.

Although Lee hasn't won since April 9, his track record against the Giants gives reason to believe he might get back on track sooner rather than later. In his career, the southpaw is 4-0 with an 0.63 ERA in five starts against San Francisco.

Monday's game will mark the opener of a tough stretch for the Phillies over the next couple of weeks. After playing three against the Giants, they travel to Arizona for another series before coming home to meet the Indians and Reds.

Opposing Lee for the Giants will be Madison Bumgarner, who is off to a fantastic start to 2013. The lefty has yet to surrender more than two runs in an outing this season, and his ERA is a miniscule 1.55.

In his last start, Bumgarner (3-0) took a no-decision against the D-backs even though he tossed seven shutout frames and allowed just three hits.

"He could have five wins," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. "We're not getting a lot of runs for him, but he's doing what we need, and that's putting up zeros for us."

Phillies: Frandsen eager to face Giants
At one time or another, Kevin Frandsen has played against every team in the National League, except the Giants, the team that signed him to his first professional contract and whom he grew up rooting for as a kid.

That could change as early as Monday night, though.

"No doubt it's special," Frandsen said. "It was my favorite team growing up. The team that drafted you. The team that helped me through a lot of personal stuff with my brother [D.J., who passed away in 2006 after a long battle with cancer]. I have a lot of close family friends that are over there. So it means a lot. My opportunity came up with them. They gave me a shot to get to the big leagues. Not a day goes by that I'm not grateful for that."

So he'll have nothing but good thoughts for the Giants. Until the first pitch, of course.

"I just want to beat the [heck] out of them. That's all I care about," Frandsen said with a laugh.

Giants: Pagan sits with hammy pain
After suffering a mild strain to his upper right hamstring on a throw Saturday, Angel Pagan did not play in Sunday's series finale and remains day to day.

In the fifth inning Saturday, Matt Kemp hit a line-drive two-run single to center, and Pagan said he felt a "tweak" in his hamstring on the throw. Pagan popped out to third in the bottom of the inning and afterward was replaced by Francisco Peguero in the leadoff spot, while defensive replacement Andres Torres moved from left to center.

On Sunday, Torres batted leadoff and started in center. Pagan wasn't going to run or hit Sunday -- "just chill," he said.

"I just feel like, the way I play, if I continue to play, I might make it worse," Pagan said.

Worth noting
• The Phillies are just 5-12 (.294) in games played on weekdays.

• Heading into Monday, the Giants led the Majors with comeback victories, having rallied in 12 of their 19 wins. "It's a good thing," pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said. "We definitely battle through the end every night. It's a great quality to have in a team. The guys make things happen."

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