The Philadelphia Phillies gave one away on Thursday in Milwaukee as the Brewers put together an eighth-inning rally against Josh Lindblom to steal a 7-4 win. The Phils took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, a margin that starter Cliff Lee would maintain before being removed with two outs in the eighth. Lee started shaky, giving up back-to-back solo homers to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the top of the first. But he would settle in after that, hoping his bullpen could close out the final 1.1 innings.
But it all came apart in the eighth, after Lee retired the first two batters to start the frame. The Brewers loaded up the bases without getting a hit, as Rickie Weeks reached on a Kevin Frandsen error and Lindblom walked both Braun and Ramirez. In stepped Corey Hart, and the lanky right fielder took a 2-2 offering over the right-field wall for a grand slam, instantly making up the one-run deficit and providing a three-run cushion.
Frandsen's error proved costly, as it chased Lee with two outs. The Phils third baseman did have a big night at the plate, however, knocking a double with the bases loaded to score three and give his club the 4-3 lead at the time. That would hold for three innings until everything quickly came undone.
Vance Worley will now take the hill for the second game of the series on Friday, trying to even things up at Miller Park.