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Sheets' arm, Gross' two homers lift Brewers over Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- With the way Philadelphia rallied to win in the late innings twice earlier in the series, no wonder some thought Pat Burrell's deep drive was going to tie this one in the ninth.

"I thought it was a home run," Francisco Cordero said. "He hit it pretty good."

Not good enough.

Burrell ended up with a double after his potential tying shot bounced off the top of the left-field wall and Cordero closed out the win, leading the Brewers over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Thursday and stopping Milwaukee's four-game losing streak.

"It was a nice way to get out of here," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Ben Sheets struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings and Gabe Gross hit a pair of solo homers for the first multihomer game of his big league career.

The NL Central-leading Brewers won 10 of 11 before going on the road and lost five of seven away from home. They play an interleague series at home against Minnesota starting Friday.

"You don't want to give four away," Sheets said. "For a 2-5 road trip, we didn't play that bad. We're going home and I think we need to take a series there and get back on the right track."

Sheets (4-2), with a fastball popping in the mid-90s, combined with Cordero on a six-hitter and Gross added some surprising power from the No. 7 spot in the order, helping prevent the Phillies (20-21) from moving over .500 for the first time this season.

Freddy Garcia (1-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, and the big hits that carried the Phillies back to .500 after a 4-11 start were silenced. Philadelphia lost for the second time in eight games.

Not even some late dramatics could bail them out again.

In the series opener, the Phillies rallied for six runs in the eighth inning, then won the next night on Carlos Ruiz's homer in the ninth. It looked like they might do it again when Burrell's drive came only inches from clearing the fence.

"I was just hoping it would get down," Yost said. "I was just happy it stayed in the park."

Added Cordero: "As it hit the wall and bounced back, I knew I could get the win."

Sheets gave up only three hits, including Burrell's solo homer, through seven innings and five hits in all. He ran into trouble in the eighth and left after Shane Victorino's RBI single made it 3-2 and put runners on the corners for Cordero.

Cordero struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the threat and finished to remain perfect in 16 save chances.

Victorino said Sheets baffled the Phillies.

"He seems like he's hittable because his ball is so straight," Victorino said. "But he's not. You see the ball, but you can't put a swing on it."

Usually a pinch hitter, Gross was making only his 10th start of the season and was hitting a paltry .167 with one homer. He had six hits all year and entered on an 0-for-14 skid.

Gross homered to tie the score in the third and put Milwaukee ahead 2-1 in the fifth with his second homer of the game.

"Those were two big home runs," Yost said.

Milwaukee had a chance to bust open the game later in the fifth with runners on second and third and one out. But Garcia, who's shown only glimpses of pitching like the two-time All-Star he was in Chicago, struck out Tony Gwynn Jr. and induced Craig Counsell to fly out.

Garcia was chased with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth. Geoff Geary retired Tony Graffanino to keep it a one-run game.

Burrell hit a one-out solo homer in the second to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

That was about the only excitement for Phillies fans until a streaker hopped the outfield fence and dashed onto the field entering the top of the seventh. The man was eventually dragged down by security on the infield dirt while the crowd of 31,553 went wild like the Phillies were rallying for the winning runs.

"I was just real blushed," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel chuckled. "I wasn't trying to look."

Notes

  • Rollins made an outstanding leaping catch into the left field grass to rob Johnny Estrada of a hit in the second inning.
  • Victorino has 13 consecutive stolen bases without being caught.
  • Phillies starters had gone 11 consecutive starts of pitching at least six innings.
 
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Ben Sheets kicks it into gear, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Ben Sheets kicks it into gear, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

G. Gross
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Tony Gwynn Jr., CF5010012 .390
Craig Counsell, 3B4010102 .227
J.J. Hardy, SS5010013 .320
Prince Fielder, 1B2110200 .291
Johnny Estrada, C4011013 .297
Geoff Jenkins, LF4000032 .299
Gabe Gross, RF2222100 .211
   a- Kevin Mench, PH-RF1000001 .262
Tony Graffanino, 2B3010103 .211
Ben Sheets, P4010022 .100
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
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a-grounded out for Gross in the 8th
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2B - Johnny Estrada (10, Castro), Tony Graffanino (2, Garcia)
HR - Gabe Gross 2 (3, Garcia, Garcia)
RBI - Johnny Estrada (15), Gabe Gross 2 (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Graffanino-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (4, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (W,4-2) 7.2522181 3.86
Francisco Cordero (S,16) 1.1100020 0.50
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 114-78, Francisco Cordero 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 8-7, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 29, Francisco Cordero 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Rowand, CF3110001 .340
Shane Victorino, RF4011021 .276
    Francisco Rosario, P0000000 .000
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000012 .279
Chase Utley, 2B4000020 .304
Pat Burrell, LF4121011 .256
    Michael Bourn, PR0000000 .263
Wes Helms, 1B4000032 .277
Abraham Nunez, 3B4010002 .316
Rod Barajas, C1000101 .174
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
    Fabio Castro, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-RF1000000 .283
Freddy Garcia, P1000011 .250
    Carlos Ruiz, C2010000 .290
Totals32262110  
a-grounded out for Condrey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (10, Sheets), Pat Burrell (8, Cordero)
HR - Pat Burrell (5, Sheets)
SH - Aaron Rowand (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino (16), Pat Burrell (21)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (8)
SB - Shane Victorino (15, 2nd base off Cordero/Estrada)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Utley-Helms, Rosario-Helms
Philadelphia Phillies
Freddy Garcia (L,1-3) 5.2722252 4.86
Geoff Geary 1.1100010 3.54
Fabio Castro 0.1111110 19.29
Clay Condrey 0.2000110 1.42
Francisco Rosario 1000100 6.10
IBB - Graffanino by Clay Condrey
WP - Freddy Garcia (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 114-70, Geoff Geary 22-14, Fabio Castro 14-7, Clay Condrey 14-6, Francisco Rosario 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 3-8, Geoff Geary 3-0, Clay Condrey 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 25, Geoff Geary 5, Fabio Castro 3, Clay Condrey 3, Francisco Rosario 3
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Attendance - 31553
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Tony Randazzo