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Phils beat Brewers with six-run eighth

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PHILADELPHIA -- These Philadelphia Phillies aren't ready to give up on the season.

Hunter Pence singled in the go-ahead run after Carlos Ruiz hit a tying, three-run double and the Phillies rallied with six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Tuesday night.

A night earlier, the Phillies scored four runs in the ninth off Francisco Rodriguez to beat Milwaukee by the same score.

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"It's been awesome," Pence said. "We've come together, playing good ball and doing a lot of the little things."

The Brewers wasted a sensational outing by Zack Greinke, who outpitched and homered off Cliff Lee.

Greinke allowed one run and three hits, striking out five. He retired the last 14 batters he faced, but left after seven innings with the Brewers up 6-1 only to see them lose their season-worst fifth straight.

"He hadn't pitched in 11 days," Brewers managers Ron Roenicke said. "It was right to get him out."

Pinch-hitter Eric Kratz got the Phillies started in the eighth with a two-run homer off Manny Parra to cut it to 6-3. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard worked consecutive two-out walks to load the bases.

Kameron Loe (4-4) entered to face Ruiz, who ripped a 1-2 pitch to the gap in left-center to clear the bases. Pence followed with a looping RBI single to right.

The last-place Phillies suddenly seem like the team that has won five straight NL East titles. They have won three straight, including consecutive walkoff wins.

"It shows we still got life," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We still have energy and patience and enough fight to come back."

Still, the Phillies entered the night 10 games behind in the wild-card race.

Michael Schwimer (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 22nd save in 25 tries.

With several scouts watching, Greinke showed he can certainly help a contender down the stretch if the Brewers decide to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline rather than risk losing him in free agency after the season.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was scratched from his last start because of fatigue after pitching three straight games around the All-Star break. But he proved he doesn't have a tired arm, consistently throwing his fastball in the low 90s and reaching a high of 94 mph.

Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez also hit homers off Lee.

Lee gave up six runs and 12 hits in seven-plus innings. It's unfathomable that Lee, who is earning $21.5 million this season, has one win in 17 starts.

It hasn't been entirely Lee's fault, though. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't received much run support and couldn't even win a game in which he threw 10 scoreless innings in April. The Phillies have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of his 17 starts.

The offense bailed him out this time.

"We've never given up," Lee said. "We believe in ourselves. The last few games have shown our offense can pull it off in the end."

Braun ripped his NL-leading 27th homer over the ivy-covered brick wall in center to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Greinke connected in the seventh, driving his third career homer out to left.

Gomez hit one way out off the facade of the second deck in left in the eighth. Ramirez ended Lee's night with a two-run shot later in the inning.

Lee struggled at the start, allowing four hits and a run in the first. He retired 10 straight batters before Martin Maldonado started the fifth with an infield single. The Brewers loaded the bases with one out, but Lee picked Maldonado off third base and struck out Gomez to end the inning.

Notes

  • Four homers allowed by Lee tied a career-high. Orioles did it against him on Aug. 21, 2010. The 12 hits also tied a career-high.
  • The Phillies are 12-4 in their last 16 games vs. Milwaukee.
  • The NL Central is the only division the Phillies have a winning record against this season. They are 14-7.
  • Brewers RHP Shaun Marcum threw a bullpen session. He hasn't pitched since June 14 because of right elbow tightness.
  • Rickie Weeks is 1-for-17 on Milwaukee's road trip.
  • The Phillies had their 269th straight sellout, including postseason play.
  • Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) pitches for the Phillies against Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10) when the teams finish their series Wednesday afternoon.
 
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Hunter Pence caps off the Phillies' six-run eighth inning with an RBI single, which puts Philly ahead for good. (US Presswire)
Hunter Pence caps off the Phillies' six-run eighth inning with an RBI single, which puts Philly ahead for good. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010100 .283
Carlos Gomez, CF5111023 .241
Ryan Braun, LF4331000 .313
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4122012 .282
Corey Hart, 1B4021020 .260
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000003 .190
Martin Maldonado, C4010010 .277
Cesar Izturis, SS4010011 .226
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Zack Greinke, P2111010 .212
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bianchi, SS0000000 .000
   a- George Kottaras, PH1000010 .209
Totals36612619  
a-struck out for Bianchi in the 9th
Batting
HR - Carlos Gomez (7, Lee), Ryan Braun (27, Lee), Aramis Ramirez (11, Lee), Zack Greinke (1, Lee)
SH - Zack Greinke (4)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (22), Ryan Braun (67), Aramis Ramirez 2 (58), Corey Hart (47), Zack Greinke (2)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (16), Zack Greinke (1)
CS - Martin Maldonado (1, Home by Lee/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 7311050 3.44
Jose Veras 0.1111000 4.87
Manny Parra 0.1144301 4.70
Kameron Loe (BS,5; L,4-4) 0.1211100 4.04
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 87-54, Jose Veras 8-5, Manny Parra 25-12, Kameron Loe 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 12-4, Jose Veras 1-0, Kameron Loe 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 24, Jose Veras 2, Manny Parra 5, Kameron Loe 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010000 .254
Shane Victorino, CF3210101 .253
Chase Utley, 2B3100122 .229
Ryan Howard, 1B3011110 .244
    Mike Fontenot, PR-3B0100000 .298
Carlos Ruiz, C4113001 .345
Hunter Pence, RF4011000 .268
Ty Wigginton, 3B-1B3110110 .235
John Mayberry Jr., LF4000002 .237
Cliff Lee, P2000010 .182
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH0000000 .327
   b- Erik Kratz, PH1112000 .273
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3177745  
a-announced for Schwimer in the 8th
b-homered for Nix in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (16, Greinke), Carlos Ruiz (26, Loe)
HR - Erik Kratz (3, Parra)
RBI - Ryan Howard (9), Carlos Ruiz 3 (55), Hunter Pence (58), Erik Kratz 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (2), Carlos Ruiz 3 (23), Hunter Pence (21)
SB - Shane Victorino (22, 3rd base off Parra/Maldonado), Chase Utley (2, 2nd base off Parra/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Ty Wigginton (10, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee 71266164 3.95
Michael Schwimer (W,1-1) 1000010 4.01
Jonathan Papelbon (S,22) 1000020 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 96-72, Michael Schwimer 16-9, Jonathan Papelbon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 7-5, Michael Schwimer 1-2
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 31, Michael Schwimer 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43745
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tom Hallion