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Tyler Walker's tryout didn't go so well Saturday.
"He's a tremendous hitter," Walker said. "You make a mistake like that, he's going to make you pay for it."
With the loss, the Phillies' magic number of wins or Atlanta Braves losses needed to clinch the NL East remained stuck at four. The Braves didn't cooperate earlier in the day, beating Washington 11-5.
"I'm not taking anything for granted," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Braun was mobbed at home plate by teammates to celebrate a rousing win in an otherwise disappointing season.
The Brewers aren't going to the playoffs this year, but they did draw attention; Saturday's crowd of 40,141 put them over 3 million in attendance for the second straight season.
"It shows a lot about where our team is at," Braun said. "We continue to fight back and win a game like this against the defending World Champions."
The Phillies still have plenty to play for but desperately need to find a reliable stopper for the back end of their bullpen. Lidge was perfect in 48 save tries in the regular season and playoffs last year, but has blown 11 saves this season.
Walker (2-1) appeared to be a good closer candidate, given his solid 2009 season and previous experience; he earned 23 saves for San Francisco in 2005. But he didn't get it done Saturday.
"That tells the story right there," Manuel said.
It was the 30th home run of the season for Braun, who has been stuck on 29 since a Sept. 11 game at Arizona.
"It felt like every time I looked at the scoreboard I saw a huge '29' staring back at me," Braun said.
"This wasn't a pretty game, but quite a finish," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.
In a sloppy performance highlighted by a pair of errors for each team, it got particularly messy in the sixth as the Brewers rallied for two runs to tie the game at 5.
After a two-out walk to pinch hitter Jason Bourgeois and bloop ground-rule double by Felipe Lopez, Counsell hit a flare that caused confusion in the middle of the Phillies' outfield and eventually bounced off of Rollins. The play originally was ruled an error but was later changed to a two-RBI hit.
The play erased a 5-3 lead the Phillies took on Howard's homer.
It was Howard's fifth home run in nine career at-bats against Brewers starter Braden Looper, who came into Saturday night's game having allowed the most home runs in the major leagues -- then gave up two more to run his season total to 39.
Even light-hitting catcher Paul Bako got in on the action with a two-run shot in the second inning.
"I went out there and tried to control a really good lineup," Looper said. "If I don't give up that homer to Bako I feel pretty good about tonight. For the most part I felt I made pretty good pitches."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Saturday's game that was not clear when Martinez would return. His next scheduled appearance is against Houston on Thursday.
Kendrick went four innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
|Ryan Braun belts a walk-off homer in the ninth -- his 30th long ball of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||1||0||0||0||2||0||.293|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.289|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.276|
|Jayson Werth, RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.266|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.268|
|Paul Bako, C||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.220|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||3||.333|
|Jamie Moyer, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.119|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.202|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Moyer in the 9th|
|HR - Ryan Howard (43, Looper), Paul Bako (3, Looper)|
|SF - Jayson Werth (6)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (136), Jayson Werth (94), Pedro Feliz (73), Paul Bako 2 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (34), Paul Bako 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Utley-Howard|
|PB - Paul Bako (5)|
|E - Raul Ibanez (2, Misplayed grounder), Kyle Kendrick (1, Throwing)|
|Tyler Walker (L,2-1)||0||2||2||2||0||0||1||2.78|
|HBP - Kendall (by Kyle Kendrick)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 79-54, Jamie Moyer 56-35, Tyler Walker 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 6-2, Jamie Moyer 4-5|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 21, Jamie Moyer 16, Tyler Walker 2|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||0||0||.311|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||5||2||3||2||0||2||1||.284|
|Ryan Braun, LF||5||1||3||3||0||1||1||.314|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||2||1||.297|
|Jody Gerut, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.233|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.257|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.229|
|Jason Kendall, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Braden Looper, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.207|
|a- Jason Bourgeois, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Cameron, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Looper in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Coffey in the 8th|
|2B - Felipe Lopez (37, Moyer)|
|HR - Ryan Braun (30, T. Walker)|
|SF - Prince Fielder (9)|
|SH - Braden Looper (11)|
|RBI - Felipe Lopez (55), Craig Counsell 2 (37), Ryan Braun 3 (106), Prince Fielder (137)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell 2 (20)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - J.J. Hardy (8, Throwing), Felipe Lopez (16, Misplayed grounder)|
|Trevor Hoffman (W,2-2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.76|
|WP - Carlos Villanueva (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 102-66, Carlos Villanueva 22-12, Todd Coffey 9-5, Trevor Hoffman 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 8-10, Carlos Villanueva 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Braden Looper 28, Carlos Villanueva 4, Todd Coffey 3, Trevor Hoffman 3|
|Attendance - 40141|
|Game Time - 3:02|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Brian Knight|