Milwaukee at Philadelphia

W: J. Savery (1-2) L: F. Rodriguez (2-5)
HR: MIL - C. Gomez (6)   PHI - C. Utley (4),R. Howard (4)

Phils batter K-Rod in ninth, stun Brewers wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- With their full team finally together, the Philadelphia Phillies are slowly starting to look like the ballclub that has won five consecutive NL East titles.

Ty Wigginton hit a sacrifice fly to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning against Francisco Rodriguez and lift the Phillies to a 7-6 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

The last-place Phillies were 0-42 when trailing after eight innings before coming back against Rodriguez, who replaced John Axford as the closer last week.

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On Sunday, the Phillies beat San Francisco on Jimmy Rollins' RBI hit in the 12th inning.

"It's huge. We have to build on that momentum," Ryan Howard said. "We need to take that energy and spread it over nine innings."

With one out against K-Rod, Rollins walked, Juan Pierre singled and Chase Utley walked to load the bases. Howard ripped an 0-2 pitch up the middle to drive in a pair and cut it to 6-5. Carlos Ruiz followed with a line-drive hit to left-center to tie it at 6. Hunter Pence walked to load the bases again.

Eric Kratz entered to run for Howard. Wigginton followed with a liner to left and Kratz scored easily ahead of Ryan Braun's off-target throw.

"It's good to see we can rally," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Rodriguez (2-5) has blown five saves in eight tries.

"I didn't get it done," Rodriguez said. "It's really painful."

Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and the Brewers battered two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay

Halladay allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his second start since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list.

"I feel good," Halladay said. "The results aren't what I want. The execution isn't what I want. I definitely have some work to do but I feel 100 times better."

Joe Savery (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. It was the first time in 18 tries that the Phillies won a game Savery appeared in.

Brewers starter Randy Wolf gave up two runs and five hits in six innings against his former team. The lefty won 16 games and was an All-Star with Philadelphia in 2003.

Utley and Howard hit consecutive homers for the last-place Phillies in the first inning.

The Phillies didn't have Utley and Howard, their Nos. 3-4 hitters, most of the first half. Utley missed 76 games and Howard 84.

"That's a big part of our offense," Manuel said.

Wolf, who once hit two homers in a game for the Phillies in 2004, helped himself with his bat in the fourth. He hit a two-out single up the middle. After Norichika Aoki singled, Gomez launched a towering drive that smacked high off the left-field foul pole to put Milwaukee up 6-2.

Braun's RBI single in the third put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Gomez singled, stole second and scored on the hit.

The Phillies quickly erased a 2-0 deficit in the first when Utley and Howard went deep. After Shane Victorino struck out trying to check his swing on a pitch that appeared to hit him, Utley connected.

Howard followed with a drive that landed in the flower bed just over the left-field fence. The ball bounced back onto the field and Howard stopped at second base. He was credited with a homer after the umpires saw on a video review the ball cleared the wall.

Victorino left the game with a bruised right elbow the following inning.

The Brewers jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on a RBI double by Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart's run-scoring single. Halladay could've escaped without allowing any runs, but right fielder Hunter Pence turned the wrong way on the two-out drive by Ramirez and the ball landed at the base of the fence.


  • Left field ballgirl Genevieve Haney made the defensive play of the night in the seventh when she snared a hard liner hit by Gomez. Fans cheered her louder than Utley and Howard after their home runs.
  • The Phillies have hit back-to-back home runs four times this season. Utley has been involved three times and he missed the first 76 games.
  • Howard was 2 for 17 off Wolf before hitting a home run and double in his first two at-bats.
  • Braun is 6 for 13 off Halladay.
  • The Phillies had their 268th consecutive sellout, including postseason.
  • Phillies 3B Placido Polanco sat out with a stiff back.
  • Gomez had two stolen bases before getting thrown out trying to swipe second in the seventh.
  • Wolf and the Brewers beat Halladay 9-0 in Philadelphia last April 19.
  • Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) will start for the Brewers on Tuesday night after being skipped his last turn because of fatigue. Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) will go for the Phillies and try for only his second victory in 17 starts.
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John Mayberry (far left) and Erik Kratz celebrate Philly's victory while Francisco Rodriguez contemplates another blown save.  (Getty Images)
John Mayberry (far left) and Erik Kratz celebrate Philly's victory while Francisco Rodriguez contemplates another blown save. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

C. Gomez
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 1

R. Howard
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Milwaukee Brewers
Norichika Aoki, RF5110021 .284
Carlos Gomez, CF2323100 .242
Ryan Braun, LF4011011 .308
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4121001 .279
Corey Hart, 1B4011011 .258
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000123 .193
George Kottaras, C2000100 .212
   a- Martin Maldonado, PH-C1000011 .278
Cesar Izturis, SS4000001 .226
Randy Wolf, P2110000 .133
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   b- Cody Ransom, PH1000010 .210
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Kottaras in the 8th
b-struck out for Axford in the 9th
2B - Aramis Ramirez (32, Halladay)
HR - Carlos Gomez (6, Halladay)
SH - Randy Wolf (4)
RBI - Carlos Gomez 3 (21), Ryan Braun (66), Aramis Ramirez (56), Corey Hart (46)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez 3 (11), Aramis Ramirez (25), Corey Hart (15)
SB - Carlos Gomez 2 (17, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz), Ryan Braun (17, 3rd base off Halladay/Ruiz)
CS - Carlos Gomez (4, 2nd base by Schwimer/Ruiz), Aramis Ramirez (2, 2nd base by Halladay/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
PB - George Kottaras (1)
E - Aramis Ramirez (6, Dropped fly)
Milwaukee Brewers
Randy Wolf 6522352 5.46
Manny Parra 0.2010320 3.92
John Axford (H,1) 1.1000010 4.91
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,5; L,2-5) 0.2344310 4.47
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 108-62, Manny Parra 26-11, John Axford 21-13, Francisco Rodriguez 35-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 7-6, John Axford 3-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 26, Manny Parra 5, John Axford 4, Francisco Rodriguez 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3200202 .254
Shane Victorino, CF1000010 .253
    Juan Pierre, LF3110100 .305
Chase Utley, 2B2211310 .239
Ryan Howard, 1B5133013 .237
    Erik Kratz, PR0100000 .200
Carlos Ruiz, C3011213 .346
Hunter Pence, RF4000113 .268
Ty Wigginton, 3B4001010 .234
John Mayberry Jr., LF-CF4020000 .241
Roy Halladay, P1000011 .214
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1000010 .298
    Jacob Diekman, P0000000 .000
    Joe Savery, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .327
a-struck out for Schwimer in the 7th
b-struck out for Savery in the 9th
2B - Ryan Howard (2, Wolf), John Mayberry Jr. (13, Wolf)
HR - Chase Utley (4, Wolf), Ryan Howard (4, Wolf)
SF - Ty Wigginton (5)
SH - Roy Halladay (3)
RBI - Chase Utley (10), Ryan Howard 3 (8), Carlos Ruiz (52), Ty Wigginton (36)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (3), Ryan Howard (1)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (16, 3rd base off Parra/Kottaras), Juan Pierre 2 (23, 2nd base off Parra/Kottaras, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 10
Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Halladay 6866131 4.32
Michael Schwimer 1000120 4.18
Jacob Diekman 1000120 4.79
Joe Savery (W,1-2) 1000010 5.63
HBP - Gomez (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 92-60, Michael Schwimer 16-9, Jacob Diekman 21-10, Joe Savery 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-4
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 27, Michael Schwimer 3, Jacob Diekman 4, Joe Savery 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43717
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez