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Bell sounds off as Phillies top Brewers

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PHILADELPHIA -- David Bell cracked a smile only when he reached home plate. Then he braced himself for a celebratory mugging from his teammates.

Bell's three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the surging Philadelphia Phillies a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"I was just trying to hit it hard and get a base hit," Bell said. "I hit it off the good part of the bat. When you get it up in the air here, it has a good chance to go out."

Jim Thome added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have won 13 of 15 and are a season-best six games over .500 (34-28).

Jeff Cirillo homered for Milwaukee, which has lost nine of 13.

Brett Myers pitched eight strong innings, and Ryan Madson (3-2) tossed a perfect ninth for Philadelphia, which improved to 10-1 during its current 13-game homestand.

"When things are going your way, everything works out," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Matt Wise (0-2) walked Thome with one out in the ninth. Endy Chavez ran for Thome and Chase Utley walked. Bell then won it with his third homer, a drive into the left-field seats.

"It was a fastball to Bell that was supposed to be away and it was right down the middle," Wise said.

Myers allowed two runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked none in his best outing in three starts. The right-hander kept his ERA at 2.24 while going at least seven innings for the eighth time in 13 starts.

Myers struck out the side in the eighth after Manuel let him bat with two outs in the seventh.

"I still felt strong," Myers said. "It feels good to know your manager has that confidence in you."

Brewers starter Victor Santos gave up two runs and three hits in six innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in six consecutive outings and 10 of his 12 starts. But the hard-luck right-hander is just 2-5 despite a 2.74 ERA.

"Santos did a great job. Just one pitch to Thome got away from him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Pat Burrell started Philadelphia's fourth with a single off the left-field wall, and Thome followed with a shot into the right-center field seats to tie it at 2. Thome, who has struggled all season, connected for the second straight game and has five homers this season.

"His swing is starting to get there," Manuel said. "He made some adjustments."

Cirillo hit his third homer into the left-field seats to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first.

Lyle Overbay singled to start the fourth and Carlos Lee poked a hit-and-run single into an open hole at shortstop to put runners at first and third. Overbay scored on Bill Hall's fielder's choice grounder back to the mound to make it 2-0.

Notes

  • Milwaukee optioned OF Dave Krynzel to Triple-A Nashville after the game.
  • RF Bobby Abreu is the only player to start every game for the Phillies.
  • The Brewers have lost six straight in Philadelphia. Their last win was Aug. 12, 2003, at Veterans Stadium.
  • Thome is 7-for-12 with three homers and seven RBI against Santos.
  • CF Brady Clark, who leads the Brewers with a .329 average, sat out for the first time this season.
  • Bell's only other walkoff homer came against Minnesota in 1999 when he played for Seattle.
 
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David Bell's three-run homer gives the Phillies their 13th win in 15 games.  (AP)
David Bell's three-run homer gives the Phillies their 13th win in 15 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

D. Bell
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

J. Cirillo
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Krynzel, CF4000010 .000
Jeff Cirillo, 3B3121010 .283
Lyle Overbay, 1B4120021 .280
Carlos Lee, LF4010001 .290
Bill Hall, 2B4011002 .285
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000021 .243
J.J. Hardy, SS3000001 .177
Chad Moeller, C3010001 .169
Victor Santos, P2000000 .043
   a- Chris Magruder, PH1000011 .235
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
Totals32272078 
a-struck out for Santos in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeff Cirillo (12, Myers), Bill Hall (13, Myers)
HR - Jeff Cirillo (3, Myers)
RBI - Jeff Cirillo (11), Bill Hall (24)
CS - Jeff Cirillo (2, 3rd base by Myers/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Victor Santos 6322341 2.74
Julio Santana 1000000 4.05
Matt Wise (L,0-2) 1.1133211 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 100-58, Julio Santana 8-6, Matt Wise 30-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 5-9, Julio Santana 3-0
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 24, Julio Santana 3, Matt Wise 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010000 .268
Kenny Lofton, CF3000101 .398
Bobby Abreu, RF4000012 .321
Pat Burrell, LF4110021 .320
Jim Thome, 1B2112200 .209
    Endy Chavez, PR0100000 .200
Chase Utley, 2B2100211 .310
David Bell, 3B4113001 .268
Mike Lieberthal, C3000001 .252
Brett Myers, P3000010 .040
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals29545557 
Batting
HR - Jim Thome (5, Santos), David Bell (3, Wise)
RBI - Jim Thome 2 (22), David Bell 3 (21)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Thome
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 8722061 2.24
Ryan Madson (W,3-2) 1000010 3.41
HBP - Cirillo (by Brett Myers)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 111-70, Ryan Madson 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 13-3, Ryan Madson 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 30, Ryan Madson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27225
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mike Winters