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MILWAUKEE -- The Philadelphia Phillies became the latest team to make itself feel right at home at Miller Park.
"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.
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
|In addition to going seven innings, Cole Hamels helps himself with an RBI double in the second. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||2||2||0||1||1||1||.269|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.318|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||2||0||1||1||2||.289|
|Jayson Werth, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||4||.333|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||0||1||1||3||.237|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||5||0||1||1||0||0||1||.231|
|Paul Hoover, C||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.417|
|Cole Hamels, P||3||0||1||1||0||1||6||.167|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Danys Baez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Durbin in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Valdez-Howard, Utley-Valdez-Howard|
|Cole Hamels (W,4-2)||6.2||6||2||2||3||3||2||4.29|
|Chad Durbin (H,6)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.00|
|Danys Baez (H,4)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||5.29|
|J.C. Romero (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.227|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.343|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.311|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||4||.268|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Jody Gerut, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.218|
|Dave Bush, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|Mitch Stetter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Stern, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|a-grounded out for Stetter in the 7th|
|b-lined out for Hoffman in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - McGehee-Weeks-Fielder|
|E - Rickie Weeks 2 (5, Missed catch of throw)|
|Dave Bush (L,1-4)||6||9||3||3||4||2||0||4.27|
|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|
|Attendance - 37023|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Brian Knight|