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Howard goes deep as Phils beat Brewers again

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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Howard grimaced after making contact. His hurting heel was fine, but the big blow by the Phillies' cleanup hitter dealt the Brewers another painful setback.

Howard homered in his return to the lineup and Roy Halladay continued the Phillies' pitching dominance in Milwaukee, leading Philadelphia to a 5-3 victory over the Brewers on Friday night.

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"I was good," Howard said. "It didn't hurt me on the swing at all, I felt like I hit the ball a little bit below the barrel. It was one of those, 'Ooooh,' looks."

The NL East's top team won its fifth straight and bettered the NL Central-leading Brewers again.

"There's no break," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "You don't look forward to facing any of their starters."

Cole Hamels tossed a complete game in Thursday's opener with Howard out because of a lingering heel injury. On Friday, Howard staked Halladay a three-run, first-inning lead with his 32nd homer of the season.

Halladay (17-5) struck out nine to reach 204 for the season and scattered four hits and a run over eight innings after the Brewers roughed him up in April.

"I felt like I could go to any pitch when I needed to," Halladay said. "That's big against good teams that I can throw any pitch when I want."

Milwaukee scored twice in the ninth before dropping its fourth straight. St. Louis is seven games behind Milwaukee with 18 to play after a 4-3 win in 10 innings over Atlanta. Philadelphia leads the Braves by 11 games.

In the ninth, Prince Fielder singled and Casey McGehee walked with no out against Antonio Bastardo.

Bastardo was pulled for closer Ryan Madson, who allowed a one-out RBI single to Yuniesky Betancourt and a sacrifice fly to Jonathan Lucroy to make it 5-3 before converting his 29th save by getting George Kottaras to ground out.

The Phillies are having a blast in Milwaukee, and keep beating one of the only teams remotely close to them in the NL standings after completing a three-game sweep of Atlanta earlier this week.

"It's been a great run, jockeying for position for home field," Howard said. "But it's all for naught if you don't go out there and try to win and accomplish the ultimate team goal."

Before the game, four players took a ride down mascot Bernie Brewer's slide, then Pete Orr nearly ended up dead meat in the sixth-inning Sausage Race. Orr sprinted out of the dugout right into the path of the runners and clipped the Hot Dog just enough to send it stumbling. Orr laughed at the close call running out to his position at second.

"I was about to walk right in front of them," Halladay said. "I saw them coming. I stopped. Pete didn't."

Joked manager Charlie Manuel: "[Pete] was counting his batting average, ran in the way."

The Phillies were again without shortstop Jimmy Rollins (groin) and second baseman Chase Utley (head), but got to Shaun Marcum (12-6) in the first. Shane Victorino singled and reached third on Hunter Pence's broken-bat single.

Howard turned on a pitch down the middle after turning hard on the left leg, but his ball had plenty of distance, easily reaching the first row of the second deck in right field to give him an NL-leading 108 RBI this season.

"It's good to be able to get out in front, and that's for anybody, but when you have a guy like Doc on the mound, being able to give him that little bit of an edge and giving him something to work with, I don't want to say it makes things easier, but it does," Howard said.

The Phillies made it 5-0 in the seventh on Raul Ibanez's single that chased Marcum and Carlos Ruiz's single off reliever Takashi Saito. Betancourt's sacrifice fly cut in the seventh gave Milwaukee its only run off Halladay even though it appeared on replay that McGehee never touched home plate.

The Brewers scored six runs off Halladay in a 9-0 win on April 19, but couldn't find similar success against the NL's reigning Cy Young winner in losing for the seventh time in their last 11 games.

Milwaukee squandered its best chance for a big inning in the fourth. The Brewers loaded the bases with one out, but Betancourt swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double play to end the threat.

"We had the bases loaded there with one out," Roenicke said. "That was our shot."

Notes

  • Halladay reached the 200-strikeout mark for the fifth time in his career in the sixth inning when Ryan Braun looked at a third strike.
  • Betancourt is hitting .163 in his last 14 games.
  • Philadelphia has won all seven of its previous four-game series with a combined record of 24-4.
  • The Phillies improved their majors-best road record to 44-26.
  • Milwaukee has five runs over this four-game skid.
  • In Saturday night's game, Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47 ERA) will face LHP Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47).
 
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After missing a game, Ryan Howard hits a home run in his first at bat against the Brewers. (US Presswire)
After missing a game, Ryan Howard hits a home run in his first at bat against the Brewers. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

Y. Betancourt
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF5110000 .298
Placido Polanco, 3B5110001 .277
Hunter Pence, RF5110001 .308
Ryan Howard, 1B3213210 .253
Raul Ibanez, LF5021011 .248
Pete Orr, 2B4030001 .257
Carlos Ruiz, C2021200 .283
Wilson Valdez, SS4000019 .248
Roy Halladay, P4000011 .106
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals37511544  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (12, Marcum)
HR - Ryan Howard (32, Marcum)
RBI - Ryan Howard 3 (111), Raul Ibanez (72), Carlos Ruiz (34)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (35), Carlos Ruiz (13)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,17-5) 8411390 2.44
Antonio Bastardo0122100 1.99
Ryan Madson (S,29) 1100000 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 120-77, Antonio Bastardo 8-4, Ryan Madson 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-4, Ryan Madson 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 30, Antonio Bastardo 2, Ryan Madson 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF3000111 .279
Nyjer Morgan, CF4000002 .307
Ryan Braun, LF4020021 .331
Prince Fielder, 1B4110012 .292
Casey McGehee, 3B2210210 .238
Taylor Green, 2B3010001 .421
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .266
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3012011 .252
Jonathan Lucroy, C2001110 .273
Shaun Marcum, P1000010 .145
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .500
   b- Mark Kotsay, PH1000010 .263
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   c- George Kottaras, PH1000001 .258
Totals2936349  
a-grounded out for T. Green in the 9th
b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Loe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (22, Halladay)
SF - Yuniesky Betancourt (10), Jonathan Lucroy (3)
SH - Shaun Marcum (11)
RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (59), Jonathan Lucroy (57)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum (L,12-6) 6.2955421 3.25
Takashi Saito 0.1200010 2.08
Francisco Rodriguez 1000000 3.00
Kameron Loe 1000010 3.48
IBB - Howard by Shaun Marcum
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 113-70, Takashi Saito 13-8, Francisco Rodriguez 10-6, Kameron Loe 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 12-5, Francisco Rodriguez 3-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 32, Takashi Saito 3, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Kameron Loe 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43283
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Greg Gibson