The Philadelphia Phillies scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, Monday night in the series opener of the three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back singles with one out to score three runs and tie the game at 6-6. Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez walked Hunter Pence to load the bases, setting up Ty Wigginton to hit the game-winning sacrifice fly.
Roy Halladay left after six innings with three strikeouts, just one shy of 2,000 for his career. He gave up six runs, all earned, off eight hits and a walk.
Halladay wasn't as sharp as he would have liked to be on the night. In the fourth inning, Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run that put the Brewers up 6-2. Halladay retired seven of the next eight batters he faced before leaving the mound, but by then the damage had been done.
Chase Utley and Howard hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to tie the game at two runs apiece. Both players now have four homers on the season. Howard finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Shane Victorino left the game in the bottom of the first inning with a right elbow contusion. He was hit by a pitch from Randy Wolf that the umpire ruled a swing and a strike.
Game 2 of the series is set for 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72 ERA) will take on the Brewers' Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) on the mound.
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