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Hamels efficient as Phillies hand Brewers another home loss

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MILWAUKEE -- The Philadelphia Phillies became the latest team to make itself feel right at home at Miller Park.

Cole Hamels pitched into the seventh inning despite giving up back-to-back homers and smacked an RBI double, and the Phillies beat the Brewers 4-2 to complete a road sweep Sunday night.

"It's a good series for us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Things are not going their way right now."

About the only thing going the Brewers' way is that their weeklong homestand of horrors is over.

The Brewers were coming off a sweep by Atlanta earlier this week, losing all six games on their current homestand and eight straight overall at home.

Milwaukee now is a miserable 4-14 at Miller Park, and mercifully hits the road for a week.

Will a change of scenery help?

"I guess," pitcher Dave Bush said. "It can't be any worse than it has been on this homestand."

It's not a question of home or away for Brewers manager Ken Macha, who just wants to see his team play better baseball.

"That question's getting tired," Macha said, straining to explain why his team has been so bad at Miller Park.

Hamels (4-2) held the Brewers scoreless until Casey McGehee's two-out homer in the sixth. Corey Hart -- who missed hitting a grand slam by only a few feet in the first inning -- followed with a home run of his own, cutting the Phillies lead to 3-2.

But that was all the Brewers could muster off Hamels, who gave up six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Hamels has added a cutter to his pitching repertoire, and said he's getting closer to mastering it.

"I'm still learning when to throw it and how to throw it," Hamels said. "It's something that's [based on] feel. It took me a year or two years to learn how to get the feel of the changeup. It's just going to be something to get the feel of the curveball. I didn't feel I was in good situations to throw it as much. A lot of their guys can actually hit the curveball. I had to be aggressive with the rest of the pitches."

With pressure mounting on a team that was expected to contend for the playoffs, Macha is beginning to get questions about the possibility of some kind of shake-up in the team's coaching staff -- and his own long-term job security.

"When it's all said and done, I know that I've done the best job I can do," Macha said. "Everybody would like to continue to work, sure. But I know that I've put everything I could into this job. That's all I can do."

Players said placing blame on the manager is misguided.

"He's trying to keep us all together and we're all fighting," McGehee said.

Leading 3-2 in the eighth, the Phillies picked up another run when Chase Utley struck out on a ball in the dirt -- but the ball got away from catcher Gregg Zaun, allowing Utley to run to first and Shane Victorino to score from third base. The pitch by Brewers reliever Carlos Villanueva was ruled a wild pitch.

Ryan J. Braun and Prince Fielder both reached base to begin the bottom half, but McGehee hit into a double play and Hart grounded out.

J.C. Romero pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

"That's a great team on the other side but we came out with three wins," Romero said. "Everybody is pulling and going in the right direction, and everybody is pulling in the same direction. This is just one step."

It was a serviceable start on short notice for Bush (1-4), whose turn in the rotation was moved up when scheduled starter Doug Davis was scratched earlier in the day.

Davis has been diagnosed with pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart. It's believed to be a mild case, and Davis hopes to return in two weeks. His condition is not related to his 2008 bout with thyroid cancer.

Notes
  • Brewers CF Carlos Gomez will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment for his strained left rotator cuff this week and is expected to be ready in time for next weekend's series against his former team, the Minnesota Twins.
  • Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks was charged with a pair of errors.
  • The Brewers hadn't lost eight straight at home since 1996, when they lost nine in a row.
 
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In addition to going seven innings, Cole Hamels helps himself with an RBI double in the second. (AP)
In addition to going seven innings, Cole Hamels helps himself with an RBI double in the second. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. McGehee
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4220111 .269
Placido Polanco, 3B5021002 .318
Chase Utley, 2B5000011 .304
Ryan Howard, 1B4020112 .289
Jayson Werth, RF5110014 .333
Raul Ibanez, LF4010113 .237
Wilson Valdez, SS5011001 .231
Paul Hoover, C2110200 .417
Cole Hamels, P3011016 .167
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .250
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Totals38411356  
a-popped out for Durbin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (8, Bush), Jayson Werth (19, Bush), Wilson Valdez (5, Bush), Paul Hoover (2, Bush), Cole Hamels (2, Bush)
RBI - Placido Polanco (21), Wilson Valdez (5), Cole Hamels (2)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Valdez (4)
SB - Shane Victorino (5, 3rd base off Bush/Zaun)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Howard, Utley-Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,4-2) 6.2622332 4.29
Chad Durbin (H,6) 0.1100000 2.00
Danys Baez (H,4) 1200000 5.29
J.C. Romero (S,1) 1000010 4.15
WP - Cole Hamels (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 108-68, Chad Durbin 15-10, Danys Baez 11-5, J.C. Romero 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-9, Chad Durbin 1-0, Danys Baez 2-0, J.C. Romero 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 27, Chad Durbin 2, Danys Baez 4, J.C. Romero 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010012 .258
Alcides Escobar, SS3010102 .227
Ryan Braun, LF4010012 .343
Prince Fielder, 1B4020001 .275
Casey McGehee, 3B3111101 .311
Corey Hart, RF4121004 .268
Gregg Zaun, C4000011 .260
Jody Gerut, CF3010110 .218
Dave Bush, P1000001 .111
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Stern, PH1000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .279
Totals3229234  
a-grounded out for Stetter in the 7th
b-lined out for Hoffman in the 9th
Batting
HR - Casey McGehee (8, Hamels), Corey Hart (5, Hamels)
SH - Dave Bush (4)
RBI - Casey McGehee (33), Corey Hart (17)
2-OUT RBI - Casey McGehee (15), Corey Hart (8)
CS - Corey Hart (2, 2nd base by Hamels/Hoover)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - McGehee-Weeks-Fielder
E - Rickie Weeks 2 (5, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (L,1-4) 6933420 4.27
Mitch Stetter 1100010 10.80
Todd Coffey 0.2111100 2.65
Carlos Villanueva 0.1000020 3.05
Trevor Hoffman 1000010 11.08
IBB - Hoover by Dave Bush, by Hoover
WP - Carlos Villanueva (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 99-55, Mitch Stetter 14-8, Todd Coffey 18-9, Carlos Villanueva 11-6, Trevor Hoffman 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 7-8, Mitch Stetter 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 30, Mitch Stetter 4, Todd Coffey 4, Carlos Villanueva 2, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37023
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Brian Knight