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Fielder, Wolf combine to take down Phillies, Kendrick

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PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick went after Brewers slugger Prince Fielder with runners on base. Fielder made him pay with a milestone home run.

Kendrick has bigger problems -- like holding his tenuous spot in Philadelphia's rotation after another shaky outing.

Fielder hit his 30th home run, Randy Wolf was sharp against his former team and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak.

"That was all my fault," Kendrick said of the homer. "I didn't think about it, I tried to be aggressive. You learn."

Postseason Chase

Kendrick continues to struggle and could be dropped from the rotation. He's allowed at least four runs in five of his last six starts -- bloated numbers that stand out in a rotation anchored by Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.

Fielder's three-run shot off Kendrick (9-8) made him the second Brewer in team history with four straight 30-plus home run seasons. He helped the Brewers end their six-game road trip on a high after dropping the first five in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. John Axford tossed two scoreless innings for his 20th save.

Carlos Ruiz had two RBI for the NL wild-card leading Phillies, who ended a five-game winning streak.

The Phillies missed a chance to move into a tie for first in the NL East with Atlanta's loss to Florida. The Marlins are here for a day-night doubleheader on Monday and the Braves play Pittsburgh.

Manager Charlie Manuel said he's only thinking about winning the division and wants his players focused on that fourth straight NL East title.

Kendrick continued to hinder their chances to move into first. He allowed seven hits and five runs in four innings, and ran into trouble from the second batter of the game.

With one out, he allowed a single and a double. Fielder then crushed a pitch down the middle of the plate into the second deck above a beer ad for No. 30. Only Jeremy Burnitz (1998-2001) ever hit at least 30 homers in four consecutive seasons for the Brewers.

Manuel was perturbed Fielder saw such a meaty pitch.

"Fielder likes to swing. If you walk him, it's not the worst thing in the world," Manuel said.

Manuel hasn't yet consulted with pitching coach Rich Dubee about yanking Kendrick from the rotation. The Phillies are off every Thursday the rest of the month and could possibly go with a four-man rotation (Joe Blanton as the No. 4).

Kendrick's explanations were as short as his start.

Was he trying to work around Fielder? "I should have, but I didn't."

Why do you struggle at home: "I don't know. Balls are up."

Fielder reached the milestone while playing in his 321st straight game.

"The main thing is I'm able to play every day If I'm able to do that, the numbers will come," Fielder said. "The pitchers are outstanding this year so it's getting tougher."

Corey Hart, who homered twice off Halladay on Saturday, doubled in the third for a 4-2 lead. Rickie Weeks' RBI single in the fifth gave Milwaukee seven hits off Kendrick and made it 5-2. Weeks and Ryan Braun had three hits.

Triple-A pitchers Nate Robertson and Vance Worley are with the team and will be activated in time for Monday's doubleheader. Worley will pitch the first game and Oswalt the second. Perhaps a strong outing from Worley, a 6-foot-2 righthander, will be enough for Manuel to consider skipping Kendrick the next time around.

Wolf, a former Phillie with a "Wolf Pack" fan club in the upper deck, struck out five and allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time since Aug. 18. Wolf (11-10) only ran into trouble in the second when Ruiz poked a double to left that cut the lead to 3-2.

Axford retired Ben Francisco on a flyball with two on in the eighth to snuff Philadelphia's late-inning rally. The Brewers tacked on an unearned run in the ninth.

"At least we're going home on a positive note," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Notes

  • Phillies RHP Scott Mathieson was scoreless in 1-plus innings. He worked with minor league pitching consultant, and Hall of Fame closer, Bruce Sutter on the split-finger fastball the last few weeks in the minors. Mathieson said he planned to work with Sutter in the offseason and hopes it's the pitch that will keep him in the majors.
  • Robertson is with his fourth organization this year. He received a big, extended hug from former Tigers teammate Placido Polanco before the game.
  • Wolf fanned his 1,500th career batter.
  • Werth threw out Hart at the plate in the ninth.
  • Phillies RHP Danys Baez (back spasms) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Leigh Valley on Monday.
 
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Prince Fielder puts a charge into a Kyle Kendrick pitch, hammering out his 30th home run of the season.  (AP)
Prince Fielder puts a charge into a Kyle Kendrick pitch, hammering out his 30th home run of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

R. Wolf
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 5
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5131002 .270
Corey Hart, RF4121112 .279
Ryan Braun, LF5230011 .301
Prince Fielder, 1B3113202 .272
Casey McGehee, 3B4010115 .282
Lorenzo Cain, CF4000114 .273
Alcides Escobar, SS5010004 .249
George Kottaras, C3110010 .204
Randy Wolf, P3000011 .226
    Zach Braddock, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000012 .264
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals37612557  
a-struck out for Braddock in the 8th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (28, Kendrick), Ryan Braun (35, Kendrick), George Kottaras (11, Kendrick)
HR - Prince Fielder (30, Kendrick)
SH - George Kottaras (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (76), Corey Hart (85), Prince Fielder 3 (73)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (33)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Escobar-Fielder, Fielder-Escobar-Wolf-Weeks
E - Alcides Escobar (18, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf (W,11-10) 6.2722250 4.68
Zach Braddock (H,11) 0.1000000 2.64
John Axford (S,20) 2000210 2.37
WP - John Axford (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 109-75, Zach Braddock 3-3, John Axford 35-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-7, John Axford 2-3
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, Zach Braddock 1, John Axford 8
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010011 .238
Chase Utley, 2B4020002 .273
Placido Polanco, 3B3010101 .306
Ryan Howard, 1B3000113 .277
Jayson Werth, RF4110022 .296
Shane Victorino, CF3000101 .253
Ben Francisco, LF4110022 .255
Carlos Ruiz, C3012100 .293
Kyle Kendrick, P1000001 .091
   a- Wilson Valdez, PH1000001 .243
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Sweeney, PH1000000 .250
    Scott Mathieson, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
   c- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .277
Totals3327246  
a-grounded out for Kendrick in the 4th
b-grounded out for Durbin in the 7th
c-flied out for Contreras in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (44, Wolf), Carlos Ruiz (21, Wolf)
RBI - Carlos Ruiz 2 (40)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (13, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,9-8) 4755121 4.89
David Herndon 1100110 4.27
Antonio Bastardo 1100020 5.40
Chad Durbin 1000110 3.79
Scott Mathieson 1210210 10.80
Jose Contreras 1100000 2.96
IBB - Fielder by Kyle Kendrick
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 74-46, David Herndon 25-14, Antonio Bastardo 19-12, Chad Durbin 17-8, Scott Mathieson 26-12, Jose Contreras 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 7-3, David Herndon 2-0, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-0, Scott Mathieson 1-1, Jose Contreras 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 20, David Herndon 5, Antonio Bastardo 4, Chad Durbin 3, Scott Mathieson 7, Jose Contreras 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45006
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Mike Estabrook