PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Vogelsong pitched on an island for a month, getting zero run support in four consecutive starts. Besieged by the flu Monday, Vogelsong finally broke down and had a clunker. Naturally, this was the night he received help from every corner of the clubhouse.

The Giants pounded out 15 hits and got six shutout innings from their bullpen while beating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4. Vogelsong gave up a career-high 11 hits and recorded just nine outs, but for the first time since June 21, he didn't take a loss.

"Baseball has one of those things where if it's going to happen weird, it's going to happen weird -- and it's going to happen to me," Vogelsong said. "But we scored some runs and won, so that's good."

They won in such a way that Bruce Bochy's opening words were: "Strange game."

Facing a left-hander who had given them fits for years, the Giants had one of their best offensive nights of the season. Cliff Lee entered with a 5-0 record and 0.88 ERA in six regular-season starts against the Giants, but he gave up 12 hits and six earned runs. Lee had missed two months with a strained elbow, and he missed location again and again. Nobody took advantage quite like Adam Duvall, who hit a two-run shot to straightaway center on his first night back in the big leagues.

"That kid's got easy power," Bochy said. "That's a place where you don't see a lot of homers."


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Duvall's sixth-inning blast was the 22nd hit of the night. The first 21 were all singles. Called up to replace Brandon Belt, Duvall spent 12 hours Sunday traveling from Fresno to Philadelphia, by way of Dallas. He sat next to George Kontos the whole time, and Monday's winning pitcher was likely the least surprised person in Citizens Bank Park when Duvall took Lee deep.

"He's got 26 homers" in Triple-A, Kontos said. "When he hits the ball, it goes a long way."

Duvall's homer took Vogelsong off the hook, but Kontos was the first one to save the weary right-hander. Vogelsong knew he was weak physically and would be in for a long night, and he gave up eight hits and two runs in the first three innings.

"I just had to battle," he said. "I kept reaching down, but I didn't have much to get."

Two more singles and an error loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth. On a 3-2 count, Ryan Howard checked his swing and hit an accidental flare down the left field line, scoring a pair and giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

"When Howard placed that ball with the bases loaded, you're thinking, 'Oh no. It's going to be one of those nights,' " Bochy said. "You'll tear up the bullpen."

Kontos kept that from happening, striking out two and getting a fly ball to strand Vogelsong's final two runners. Five Giants relievers gave up just three hits and struck out five while clinching a third win in four games on this road trip.

  • The Giants will try to catch lightning in a bottle with another struggling veteran. Dan Uggla was signed to a minor league contract and will report to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after taking a physical Tuesday.

    Uggla, 34, was hitting just .162 with a .241 on-base percentage, .231 slugging percentage and two homers when he was released by the Atlanta Braves last week, but the Giants are hoping the three-time All-Star can find some of the form that led to seven 20-homer seasons.

    "This guy put up really good numbers, and I'm sure he's hoping, just like we're hoping, that he finds his swing," Bochy said. "There's never a magic bullet, but sometimes there can be a change of scenery, like with Pat Burrell (in 2010). ... It happens to a lot of players. Sometimes you just get to a point where you're pressing so much that a change is good."

    Tim Hudson played with Uggla in Atlanta and said his friend just needs a fresh start.

    "Obviously in Atlanta some things happened that might have snowballed," Hudson said. "From a personal standpoint, I'm so happy for him to have this opportunity. I loved him as a teammate. He plays as hard as anybody I've ever played with."

    Second base has been a black hole for the Giants this season. Brandon Hicks, an Uggla clone, hit eight early homers and then slumped so badly that he ended up in the minors. Marco Scutaro started his second straight game Monday but is unsure if his back will hold up. Overall, Giants second basemen are hitting just .182.

    "He understands that this is a great opportunity," said Hudson, who exchanged texts with Uggla. "He's really, really excited for the chance to rejuvenate his career. Hopefully it can be a win-win for both (sides). I think he's going to thrive."

  • Belt was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He was feeling a little better two days after getting hit in the face by a throw but still was displaying symptoms.

    For more on the Giants, see Alex Pavlovic's Giants Extra blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/Giants. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/AlexPavlovic.

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