MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers and a young athlete stand at attention during a moment of silence at in honor of 911 victims at the start of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park on September 11, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.(Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers Avoid Sweep With 3-2 Win Over Phillies

The Phillies fell short of a four game sweep over the Brewers and now travel to Houston for a three game set with the Astros

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Phillies 3, Brewers 2: Hawkins' Error Helps Phils To Sixth Straight Win

Cliff Lee tossed seven strong innings and an error from Brewers pitcher LaTroy Hawkins in the top of the tenth lifted the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Brewers, their sixth straight overall. Even more impressive is that these six straight wins have come at the expense of teams with the second and third best records in NL.

Lee went seven innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out seven. Brad Lidge, Michael Stutes and Ryan Madson each tossed scoreless innings with Stutes earning the win and Madson his 30th save of the season.

Hunter Pence had a basically flawless night on the plate, getting on base all five time he came to the plate. He had two walks and three hits, including his 19th home run in the top of the first.

The eventual winning run came as a result of poor fielding on the part of Brewer’s RP LaTroy Hawkins. After Raul Ibanez doubled to lead off the inning, Carlos Ruiz laid down a bunt to move him over. Hawkins’ throw to first went over the head of Prince Fielder and Ibanez easily strode home to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. Ryan Madson would walk two men on in the bottom of the 10th (Corey Hat unintentionally and Prince Fielder intentionally) but got Casey McGehee to ground out to third for the final out.

The Phillies send Vance Worley to the hill tomorrow afternoon as they look for the four game sweep.

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Phillies 5, Brewers 3: Roy Halladay Ks 9, Ryan Howard Homers In Return

Roy Halladay tossed eight strong innings and Ryan Howard clubbed his 32nd homer of the year as the Phillies beat the Brewers 5-3. It was the Phils fifth straight win and their second straight over the NL Central leading Brewers, who were also owners of the NL’s second best record coming into this series.

Howard got this off to a quick start as he hit a three run homer in the top of the first to give Roy Halladay a three run cushion before even taking the mound. As is the often the case with Halladay, those three runs were plenty. Halladay tossed eight innings of one run, 4-hit ball, striking out nine. It was a little concerning that he threw 120 pitches on a night where he had a five run lead and his team has a nearly 20 game cushion in the playoff race… But Cholly leaves his guys in. Nothing new.

Antonio Bastardo came on for the ninth and gave up a single, a walk and a run without recording an out. He was pulled for Ryan Madson, who gave up an inherited runner to close the gap to 5-3, but closed the door from there on out for his 29th save.

Milwaukee has now scored a total of three runs in 17 innings against Phillies starters so far this series and they haven’t even faced the rotations’ best… Cliff Lee, who has been the most dominant pitcher in baseball for the past month takes on Randy Wolf tomorrow night.

Notes: Roy Halladay reached 200 strikeouts for the fifth time in his career. The Phillies record on the road is now 44-26, the best in the majors. Charlie Manuel got his 637th victory which moves him ahead of Harry Wright for second on the team’s all-time list. With eight more wins, which is all but guaranteed this season, he’ll catch Gene Mauch for the most all time wins as Phillies skipper.

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