--3B Placido Polanco continued his power surge in the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Brewers on Wednesday. With the Phillies trailing, 3-0, Polanco hit a three-run home run over the left field fence with one out in the sixth inning. The home run was the second for Polanco in four games. Before Sunday, Polanco had gone 77 games without a home run, dating to last season. "It's a good feeling, especially when we're struggling and not scoring a lot of runs," Polanco said of the Phils come-from-behind 4-3 win. "To be able to come back, that's a great feeling."
--CF Shane Victorino hit the fourth pitch he saw from Milwaukee rookie reliever Brandon Kintzler an estimated 423-feet, well beyond the fence in right-center at Citizens Bank Park to lead off the eighth inning Wednesday. The tie-breaking home run gave the Phillies a 4-3 victory. Victorino finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs. "(The count) was 1-0, then he got 1-1, then I got 2-1, then he beat me with a fastball in and I told myself I wasn't going to let him do it a second time," Victorino said. "He threw another fastball in and I was looking for it."
--RHP Jose Contreras struck out Brewers' All-Star Ryan Braun with the game-tying run on first base in the ninth inning to help the Phillies nail down a 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday. Contreras, who struck out two of the four batters he faced, has converted all four of his save opportunities this season. He had held the opposition hitless in 17 consecutive at-bats before Rickie Weeks hit a one-out single in the ninth.
--LHP Cliff Lee didn't have the stuff on Wednesday that enabled him to pitch a three-hit shutout six nights earlier in Washington. But he managed to keep the Phillies within striking distance. In six innings against the Brewers, Lee allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits, while striking out one and walking one. The Phillies hit for Lee in the top of the seventh and Placido Polanco erased a 3-0 deficit with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning. "His stuff was a little up today," manager Charlie Manuel said. "But at the same time he kept us in the game, gave us a chance to win. And we finally came back and scored some runs."
--RHP Kyle Kendrick bounced back with an inning of scoreless relief in the Phillies' 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday. Kendrick, who allowed three runs while walking three, hitting a batter, making a throwing error and unleashing a wild pitch in his previous outing Monday night, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning with the teams tied, 3-3.
This is the first season Kendrick has been used strictly as a reliever. He entered the season with 93 major league games, 83 of them coming as a starter. "You get used to it a little bit," Kendrick said. "I don't have a specific role, so I try to stay sharp throwing sides if I haven't thrown (in a game) in a couple days. I think throwing too much is better than not throwing."
BY THE NUMBERS
7 -- The number of victories the Phillies have compiled in seven day games this season. They are under .500 (5-6) in night games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"That's the quickest way I know to score runs." -- Manager Charlie Manuel, on his affinity for the home run. The Phillies hit two, accounting for all of their offense, in a 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday.
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