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Phillies throw the power switch, beat Brewers

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With Cliff Lee scheduled to pitch Wednesday, the Phillies felt OK on Tuesday, even after managing only two hits in a shutout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

But Jimmy Rollins brought up a good point.

"It's great; if we score runs for them, it's great," Rollins said. "If we don't score any runs, I look at it like we just wasted an opportunity."

The Phillies might not have backed Lee early on in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Brewers, but they made his effort stand up in the win-loss column by rallying from a 3-0 deficit entering the sixth inning for their first win in three games.

After John Mayberry Jr. broke up a no-hit attempt by Chris Narveson of the Brewers with two out in the fifth inning, the offense awoke.

Placido Polanco hit a three-run home run to tie the game, 3-3, in the sixth and Shane Victorino added a solo shot in the eighth to put the Phils in front for good.

Before Mayberry's double in the fifth, the Phillies had only one extra-base hit in their last 32 innings and they had gone hitless in 10 straight innings.

"When the game started, we weren't what I'd call energetic," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Everything was moving kind of slow. But we stayed with it and something good happened for us."

Before Victorino and Polanco hit home runs, the Phillies had only 11 home runs in their first 16 games, which ranked 11th in the National League and 22nd in baseball.

"I think a lot has been made that we haven't hit a lot of home runs this year, but sometimes that's all it takes," Ryan Howard said. "We've been able to manufacture runs in different ways, and today we got the long ball to work for us."

Howard's eighth-inning double was his first extra base hit in seven games. He hasn't hit a home run since April 12 in Washington.

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