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Brewers blow two leads, drop Phillies in 12th

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Kintzler went from having a catch with the outfielders in the ninth to celebrating his first career win.

Ryan Braun drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Monday night.

Kintzler (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Kintzler said. "At one point, I looked around and said there aren't many of us left [in the bullpen]."

The NL East-leading Phillies rallied against closer John Axford in the ninth, tying it at 3 on pinch-hitter Pete Orr's RBI single with one out.

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But the Brewers held on and snapped a three-game losing streak to become the fifth straight team to beat Philadelphia in a series opener. The Phillies haven't lost a series, however.

Rickie Weeks led off the 12th with a walk against Kyle Kendrick (0-1). Carlos Gomez sacrificed and reached safely on Kendrick's wild throw that allowed Weeks to reach third.

Braun followed with a sac fly to deep center. He thought he'd hit a three-run homer and looked frustrated when the ball didn't go out. Yuniesky Betancourt also had a sac fly and Jonathan Lucroy singled in a run to make it 6-3.

"That was a huge win for us coming off the series we had in Washington," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "A very important win."

Both starters pitched well enough to get a win. Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum allowed one unearned run and five hits, striking out five in six innings.

Joe Blanton gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Phillies. It was the best outing so far for the forgotten starter in Philadelphia's star-studded rotation. Blanton lowered his ERA to 7.27 from 10.45.

The Brewers took a 3-2 lead in the eighth on Betancourt's RBI groundout. Braun lined a single leading off against Ryan Madson. He went to third on Prince Fielder's double and scored on Betancourt's one-out grounder to third.

Betancourt got the Brewers out of trouble an inning earlier with a spectacular catch. The Phillies had runners on first and second with one out when Placido Polanco ripped a shot up the middle. The ball hit pitcher Sergio Mitre on the side and bounced high in the air. Betancourt, who broke for the middle, reversed direction, ran in and made a diving grab then easily doubled a runner off second to end the threat.

His defensive gem made up for a pair of miscues by teammates that led to a pair of unearned runs.

The Phillies tied it at 2 in the seventh. Wilson Valdez reached on an error when third baseman Casey McGehee couldn't handle an in-between hop to start the inning. Valdez went to third on pinch-hitter Ross Gload's single to left. Mitre entered and got Shane Victorino to hit a high bouncer to first. Fielder charged in and backhanded it, but his throw to the plate was wide and Valdez slid in safely under the tag.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead with a pair of two-out runs in the third. Gomez and Braun hit consecutive RBI singles.

A fielding error by second baseman Weeks led to Philadelphia's first run in the first. Ryan Howard had an RBI single.

Marcum improved as the game wore on. He struck out the side in his last inning, using change-ups for seven of the nine strikes. Marcum got Howard and Ben Francisco looking before Raul Ibanez went down swinging.

"He pitched a pretty good game, kept us off balance most of the night," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Notes

  • Phillies RHP Roy Oswalt threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session and is on track to make his scheduled start on Thursday. Oswalt left his last start after six innings because of spasms in the middle of his back.
  • The Brewers came in tied with the Phillies for fewest errors in the majors with four, but they committed two.
  • Phillies LHP J.C. Romero left after straining his right calf in the ninth. He seems headed for the disabled list.
  • A crowd of 45,637 was the 145th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason.
  • The Phillies lead the majors with 12 pinch hits.
 
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Ryan Braun has a big day as he finishes with three hits and two RBI, including the go-ahead run off a sac fly in the 12th. (AP)
Ryan Braun has a big day as he finishes with three hits and two RBI, including the go-ahead run off a sac fly in the 12th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5100102 .269
Carlos Gomez, CF5221012 .214
Ryan Braun, LF4132101 .357
Prince Fielder, 1B5110034 .311
Casey McGehee, 3B5010102 .267
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5002002 .189
Mark Kotsay, RF4000211 .214
Jonathan Lucroy, C5131113 .368
Shaun Marcum, P1010000 .250
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Mitre, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   a- Erick Almonte, PH1000000 .095
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   b- Wil Nieves, PH1000001 .235
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
Totals41611666  
a-flied out for Loe in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Stetter in the 11th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (6, Madson), Casey McGehee (3, Blanton)
SF - Ryan Braun (1), Yuniesky Betancourt (2)
SH - Carlos Gomez (1), Shaun Marcum 2 (2)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (4), Ryan Braun 2 (11), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (6), Jonathan Lucroy (1)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (2), Ryan Braun (2), Jonathan Lucroy (1)
SB - Carlos Gomez (4, 2nd base off Herndon/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Mitre-Betancourt-Weeks
E - Casey McGehee (1, Misplayed grounder), Rickie Weeks (4, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum 6510050 1.90
Sean Green (H,1) 0.1110000 3.00
Sergio Mitre (BS,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Kameron Loe (H,5) 1100000 3.86
John Axford (BS,2) 1111210 8.53
Mitch Stetter 1000010 2.08
Brandon Kintzler (W,1-0) 2100100 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 102-67, Sean Green 13-8, Sergio Mitre 2-2, Kameron Loe 19-14, John Axford 24-9, Mitch Stetter 10-6, Brandon Kintzler 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 9-5, Sean Green 2-0, Sergio Mitre 1-1, Kameron Loe 1-2, John Axford 1-1, Mitch Stetter 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 2-4
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 24, Sean Green 3, Sergio Mitre 2, Kameron Loe 4, John Axford 6, Mitch Stetter 3, Brandon Kintzler 8
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF6011021 .311
Placido Polanco, 3B5120103 .375
Jimmy Rollins, SS5000103 .274
Ryan Howard, 1B6021013 .293
Ben Francisco, RF6000025 .246
Raul Ibanez, LF5010023 .233
Carlos Ruiz, C4100101 .292
Wilson Valdez, 2B4110000 .318
Joe Blanton, P2000002 .200
   a- Ross Gload, PH1010000 .273
    Michael Martinez, PR0000000 .222
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1011000 .455
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   c- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000000 .444
    Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .500
Totals4639337  
a-singled for Blanton in the 7th
b-singled for Herndon in the 9th
c-grounded out for Bastardo in the 11th
Batting
SH - Wilson Valdez (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino (9), Ryan Howard (15), Pete Orr (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ben Francisco 1
DP - Blanton-Rollins-Howard, Howard-Rollins
E - Kyle Kendrick (1, Throwing), Jimmy Rollins (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton 7722140 7.27
Ryan Madson 1211110 1.50
J.C. Romero 0.2100000 3.86
David Herndon 0.1000000 5.14
Jose Contreras 1000010 0.00
Antonio Bastardo 1000100 0.00
Kyle Kendrick (L,0-1) 1131300 3.00
IBB - Kotsay by Ryan Madson, McGehee by Kyle Kendrick, by Kotsay
HBP - Fielder (by Kyle Kendrick)
WP - Kyle Kendrick (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 98-69, Ryan Madson 19-10, J.C. Romero 7-4, David Herndon 8-5, Jose Contreras 9-6, Antonio Bastardo 13-7, Kyle Kendrick 27-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 12-5, Ryan Madson 2-0, David Herndon 1-0, Antonio Bastardo 2-0, Kyle Kendrick 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 29, Ryan Madson 6, J.C. Romero 3, David Herndon 1, Jose Contreras 3, Antonio Bastardo 3, Kyle Kendrick 8
Game Information
Attendance - 45637
Game Time - 4:05
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Brian Runge