Behind a pair of home runs and some stellar bullpen work, the Phillies avoided a sweep with a 4-3 victory against the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon.
Placido Polanco hit a three-run homer in the sixth to bail out Cliff Lee, who allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in six innings before exiting in a 3-0 hole. Polanco’s shot tied the game at 3-3 and ended the Phils’ scoreless streak at 17 innings. Shane Victorino’s solo homer off Brandon Kintzler in the eighth – a booming shot into the Phils’ bullpen – provided the difference.
Kyle Kendrick, rebounding from a shaky performance in Monday’s 12-inning loss, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Ryan Madson struck out a pair of hitters with two runners on in the eighth, and Jose Contreras logged the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.
Prince Fielder had an RBI single and a run-scoring double for the Brewers, who flashed some terrific leather, but horrible base running in the game.
Next up: A four-game set in San Diego, beginning Thursday night. Roy Oswalt is on the hill against Mat Latos in the opener. - Written for Beerleaguer by Drew Silverman