Phillies Lose To Brewers, 5-2, But Braves Also Lose

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Preview: Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies Look to Sweep Brewers

(Sports Network) – The Philadelphia Phillies shoot for their sixth straight win and try to complete season sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies, who also swept the Brewers in a three-game set back in May, scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Braun’s throwing error in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday and eked out a 5-4 win.

Trailing, 4-3, in the seventh, the Phillies had the bases loaded with one out. Placido Polanco stepped to the plate and lofted a sacrifice fly to left to deliver the tying run in Carlos Ruiz. Braun’s throw home took a few bounces before rolling past catcher Jonathan Lucroy. That allowed Wilson Valdez to cross the plate for a 5-4 edge.

The bullpen held strong over the final two innings to make a winner of Roy Halladay (17-10), who gave up four runs on seven hits to snap a two-start skid. The right-hander also struck out six and walked two, but allowed a career-high four homers.

“I left some pitches up. Location was obviously an issue at times,” Halladay said. “Fortunately, they were solo homers and we were able to score the two big runs in the seventh inning.”

Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth each hit solo homers for Philadelphia, which remained one game behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and stayed three games in front of San Francisco for the wild card spot.

The Phillies are 8-1 since being swept at home by Houston in four games Aug. 23-26.

Corey Hart hit a pair of solo homers for the Brewers, who also got a home run apiece from Prince Fielder and Alcides Escobar.

Dave Bush went six innings in the start, giving up three runs on six hits. He also fanned five batters and walked one for Milwaukee, which has dropped five straight contests. Kameron Loe (3-4) was charged with both runs in the seventh to take the loss.

“We had the lead in the seventh inning. We have to find somebody out of this bullpen that’s going to hold it,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Heading to the hill for the Phillies this afternoon will be righty Kyle Kendrick, who is 9-7 with a 4.72 earned run average. Kendrick earned the win on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Kendrick has faced the Brewers twice and is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

Milwaukee will counter with veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who is winless in his last two starts after a three-start winning streak. Wolf did not get a decision on Monday in Cincinnati, as the Reds reached him for three runs and eight hits in five innings of a 5-4 loss.

He is 10-10 on the year with a 4.76 ERA.

Wolf, who pitched the first eight years of his career in Philadelphia, is 1-2 in six starts against his former team with a 5.79 ERA. He was hammered by the Phils back on May 14 for six runs in five innings.

Philadelphia, which has won seven of the past nine meetings between the two ball clubs, also went 6-0 against the Brewers in 2004.

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Recap: Philadelphia Phillies Edge Milwaukee Brewers 5-4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Ryan Braun’s throwing error in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Phillies to score the go-ahead run, as Philadelphia got past Milwaukee, 5-4, in the second test of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Trailing by one run, 4-3, in the seventh, the Phillies had the bases loaded with one out. Placido Polanco stepped to the plate and lofted a sacrifice fly to left to deliver the tying run in Carlos Ruiz. Braun’s throw home took a few bounces before rolling past catcher Jonathan Lucroy. That allowed Wilson Valdez to cross the plate for a 5-4 edge.

The bullpen held strong over the final two innings to make a winner of Roy Halladay (17-10), who gave up four runs on seven hits to snap a two-start skid. The right-hander also struck out six and walked two, but allowed a career-high four homers.

Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth each hit solo homers for Philadelphia, which has won five in a row. However, the Braves beat the Marlins on Saturday to remain one game ahead of the Phillies in the NL East.

Corey Hart hit a pair of solo homers for the Brewers, who also got a home run apiece from Prince Fielder and Alcides Escobar.

Dave Bush went six innings in the start, giving up three runs on six hits. He also fanned five batters and walked one for Milwaukee, which has dropped five straight contests. Kameron Loe (3-4) was charged with both runs in the seventh to take the loss.


Final - 9.4.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 1
Philadelphia Phillies 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 9 0
WP: Roy Halladay (17 - 10)
SV: Brad Lidge (20)
LP: Kameron Loe (3 - 4)

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Recap: Phillies Continue To Win, Shutout Brewers 1-0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Carlos Ruiz drove in the lone run of the game and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies snuck past the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels (9-10) gave up just three hits to go with seven strikeouts and three walks to pick up his second straight win. Ryan Madson recorded his fifth save of the year.

The victory moved the Phillies, who have won four in a row and seven of eight, within one game of the NL East-leading Braves, who lost to the Marlins on Friday.

Chris Capuano (2-3) was solid in five frames, allowing one run on four hits to suffer the hard-luck loss. He also fanned four batters and walked two for Milwaukee, which has lost four straight.

After stranding runners on first and second in the first, Philadelphia scored a run in the second. Shane Victorino led off the frame with a fly ball to left-center field and the ball dropped between Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun for a double. Victorino moved to third on a Raul Ibanez groundout and crossed the plate on Ruiz’s grounder to short.

The Phillies had a great chance to add to their lead in the fourth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. However, Ibanez struck out and Ruiz lined into a double play to keep it a 1-0 game.

Milwaukee didn’t record a hit off Hamels until the fifth. Casey McGehee hit a single up the middle with one out. Hamels, though, got Cain to ground into a double play.

The Brewers put men on first and second with two outs in the sixth, but Corey Hart grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Milwaukee continued to strand runners on base in the seventh. Braun walked and Prince Fielder singled to put men on first and second with nobody out. Hamels retired the next three batters to keep the Phillies in front.

Jose Contreras tossed a perfect eighth and Madson retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the victory for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia swept a three-game set in Milwaukee back in May…The Phillies started a seven-game homestand on Friday…Philadelphia reinstated outfielder/first baseman Ross Gload from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of utilityman Greg Dobbs from Triple-A Lehigh Valley…Hamels improved to 5-5 over 15 home starts this season. He is 4-2 lifetime against the Brewers…Capuano fell to 0-2 in his career against the Phillies.

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