Brewers unable to sweep Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings yesterday, as the Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 at Citizens Bank Park.
Milwaukee blew a chance to sweep at Philly for the first time, as a ninth-inning rally fell short. Jeff Bianchi had an RBI-single with nobody out. The Brewers loaded the bases with two away, but Martin Maldonado flied out to center to end the game. Domonic Brown finished a double short of the cycle for the Phillies as he went 3-for-3 with four RBI's. Brown hit a three-run homer in the first inning, when Philadelphia scored five times. Brewers' starter Mike Fiers lasted just one-and-two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs - five earned - on seven hits. He's 1-and-4 with his only victory in relief. Fiers has not won a start since last September eighth. Cliff Lee struck out a season-high 11 in seven-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits with no walks. Lee won his fifth straight decision, as he improved to 7-2.
Jonathon Lucroy again had the big hit for Milwaukee - a three-run triple in the eighth inning. It was originally ruled a grand slam, but a replay review showed it hit the top of the railing above the left-field wall. Still, Lucroy capped off a hot 8-for-13 series with three homers and eight RBI's in the three games at Philly. The Brewers remain in last place by two games in the National League Central. They'll host an Interleague series with Oakland starting tonight. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces "A's" left-hander Tommy Milone.