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Brown continued his recent surge with a homer, triple and four RBIs to back up the effective pitching of Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Brown also singled and had a chance for the cycle when he came up in the seventh, but walked. He had three homers and eight RBIs against the Brewers in the weekend series.
"I'm just trying to keep it going, continue to improve, keep my stroke small and not try to do too much," Brown said.
Brown said fans in the outfield were talking to him about the cycle, but "if I had a chance to go three, I'm going three for sure."
"The skills and talent are there," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Brown. "The more consistent he gets, the better he's going to get."
Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Jimmy Rollins doubled and had two hits for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 19-6 when scoring more than three runs.
Cliff Lee (7-2) was practically unhittable through seven innings, allowing three hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks before running into trouble in the eighth when the Brewers scored four runs. Lee got two outs in the eighth before he was pulled. He gave up three runs and seven hits total.
Lee said he started feeling cramps throughout his body in the frame. At one point during the inning, catcher Erik Kratz came to the mound before a longer-than-usual meeting with pitching coach Rich Dubee.
"I was a little dehydrated or something," Lee said. "I wanted to stay in the game and keep pitching but at the same time, I want to be smart."
Antonio Bastardo earned his first save in three chances with a shaky ninth. Bianchi's RBI single pulled Milwaukee within two runs, and the Brewers had the bases loaded with two outs. But Bastardo got pinch-hitter Martin Maldonado to fly out to center to end the game.
Philadelphia's regular closer Jonathan Papelbon, who has converted all 11 of his save opportunities, wasn't used because he was ill.
"He was very sick today," Manuel said.
Mike Fiers (1-4) had the shortest outing as a starter of his career, giving up seven runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings. It was the third start of the season for Fiers, who has been shuffled between the bullpen and starting rotation.
"It was just bad pitching on my part," Fiers said. "It's tough on a team to get going when the pitcher doesn't do well in the first inning."
The right-hander got the first two outs of the game before the Phillies scored five runs, highlighted by Brown's three-run homer to right. It was the sixth homer in the last six games for Brown, who upped his NL-leading total to 16.
"The way the scouting report is, it looks like I didn't read it," Fiers said of Brown's homer. "Brown's been crushing that pitch for a month and I didn't get it in enough. It's embarrassing to me. I made it tough on the team. They battled back and that makes it even worse. We could have won this game."
The Phillies got a break in the second inning when Bianchi, the Brewers' shortstop, committed a throwing error that allowed Ben Revere to reach first to open the inning. After getting to third on a steal and Rollins' single, Revere scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. When Brown tripled home Rollins, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke lifted Fiers, who has a 12.66 ERA in his starts this season.
"Just the life of his fastball and his confidence," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of what is ailing Fiers. "It's tough to dig a big hole with [Lee] on the mound."
Lee retired nine straight batters between the first and fourth innings but had problems in the eighth.
The Brewers scored four runs -- all with two outs -- in the eighth, chasing Lee in the process. Norichika Aoki slapped a single to left to score Rickie Weeks for Milwaukee's first run. Gomez followed with the fourth single of the inning that ended Lee's day and put runners on first and second for right-handed reliever Justin De Fratus. De Fratus walked pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez to load the bases for Lucroy.
Lucroy hit a liner off the top of the metal fence above the wall just to the right of the foul pole in left. Third-base umpire Tom Hallion originally ruled it a home run, but the call was changed to a triple after the umpires checked the replay.
Hallion, speaking to a pool reporter afterward, said he thought the ball hit the green wall behind the fence. Once the umpires realized the ball hit the railing, they used their judgment to rule Lucroy would have reached third.
The reversal came a day after Hallion, the crew chief, admitted an error was made when second-base umpire Mike Estabrook called Kyle Kendrick out on a pickoff attempt for the second out of the ninth inning in the Brewers' 4-3 win although replays showed that shortstop Jean Segura didn't have the ball when he applied the tag.
The three-run hit brought Milwaukee within 7-4, but De Fratus got Yuniesky Betancourt to line out to center to end the inning.
Lucroy went 1-for-4, finishing the three-game series 8-for-13 with three homers and eight RBIs.
The Brewers, who won the first two games of the three-game set, never have swept the Phillies in Philadelphia.
|Domonic Brown finishes a double shy of the cycle as the Phillies hold off the Brewers on Sunday. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Norichika Aoki, RF||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.296|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||2||0||1||2||2||.325|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.301|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Aramis Ramirez, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.300|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Martin Maldonado, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.170|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||1||3||0||1||2||.259|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.221|
|Alex Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||3||0||.177|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.184|
|Jeff Bianchi, SS||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.269|
|Mike Fiers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alfredo Figaro, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|c- Logan Schafer, PH-LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.246|
|d- Jean Segura, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.350|
|a-walked for Gorzelanny in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Badenhop in the 9th|
|c-singled for Figaro in the 6th|
|d-grounded out for Schafer in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Gomez (15, Lee), Ryan Braun (13, Lee)|
|3B - Jonathan Lucroy (3, De Fratus)|
|RBI - Norichika Aoki (13), Jonathan Lucroy 3 (28), Jeff Bianchi (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (3), Jonathan Lucroy 3 (10)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Figaro-Bianchi-A. Gonzalez|
|E - Jeff Bianchi (2, Throwing)|
|Mike Fiers (L,1-4)||1.2||7||7||5||1||1||1||7.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Fiers 49-30, Alfredo Figaro 28-19, Tom Gorzelanny 28-17, Burke Badenhop 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Fiers 1-4, Alfredo Figaro 4-3, Tom Gorzelanny 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Fiers 14, Alfredo Figaro 11, Tom Gorzelanny 8, Burke Badenhop 3|
|Ben Revere, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Cesar Hernandez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.263|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.266|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||2||1||0||1||1||2||1||.253|
|Domonic Brown, LF||3||1||3||4||1||0||0||.282|
|John Mayberry Jr., RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.259|
|Justin De Fratus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Erik Kratz, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.229|
|Freddy Galvis, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.238|
|Cliff Lee, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Laynce Nix, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (16, Fiers), Erik Kratz (3, Fiers)|
|3B - Domonic Brown (2, Fiers), Freddy Galvis (1, Fiers)|
|HR - Domonic Brown (16, Fiers)|
|SF - Ryan Howard (4)|
|SH - Cliff Lee (5)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (27), Domonic Brown 4 (40), Erik Kratz (16), Freddy Galvis (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Domonic Brown 4 (14), Erik Kratz (3), Freddy Galvis (3)|
|SB - Ben Revere (11, 2nd base off Fiers/Lucroy)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Rollins-Hernandez-Howard, Hernandez-Rollins-Howard|
|E - Cesar Hernandez (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Cliff Lee (W,7-2)||7.2||7||3||3||0||11||0||2.45|
|Justin De Fratus||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0||2.70|
|Antonio Bastardo (S,1)||1||2||1||1||2||0||0||2.25|
|IBB - Gomez by Antonio Bastardo|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 105-81, Justin De Fratus 14-9, Antonio Bastardo 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 10-1, Antonio Bastardo 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Justin De Fratus 3, Antonio Bastardo 7|
|Attendance - 40613|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion|