PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Duckworth pitched his best during a
pennant race two years ago. The way he's going now, he might not
stick around for this one.
Wayne Franklin (8-9) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3
innings to snap a three-game losing streak. He had allowed 18 runs
in his previous 15 innings.
Danny Kolb pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many
Duckworth (4-7) gave up six runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Four of the six batters he walked scored. The right-hander has lost
six of his last seven decisions and is in danger of losing his spot
as the No. 5 starter.
"There are no options at the big league level," Phillies
manager Larry Bowa said of the possibility of replacing Duckworth.
"He's shown signs of coming out of it, then he reverts back."
Asked if the team will consider bringing up Triple-A
right-hander Ryan Madson, Bowa said: "I don't think that's going
to be my call."
Madson is 11-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 22 starts for Scranton
Duckworth was 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 starts in 2001 when the
Phillies finished two games behind Atlanta in the NL East. He's
12-16 with a 5.28 ERA since.
"I felt really strong, started overthrowing my fastball, ended
up walking guys and that kills you," Duckworth said.
Franklin, who was born in nearby Wilmington, Del., said he had
75 family and friends attend the game.
"I was thinking about it all night. It's my first start in
front of them," Franklin said. "There was a little pressure, but
fortunately it worked out."
The Brewers scored four runs in the first inning off Duckworth,
who walked three in the inning.
After John Vander Wal walked to load the bases with one out,
Duckworth retired Ginter on a shallow fly to center. Osik then fell
behind in the count 0-2, worked it to 2-2 and hit a sharp grounder
past third baseman Tomas Perez into the left-field corner for a
"I got lucky and found a hole," Osik said. "I haven't come
through much with the bases loaded this year so that felt good."
Burrell's triple in the first cut it to 4-1. Polanco's 11th
homer made it 4-2 in the third.
Ginter blooped a two-out double between shortstop Jimmy Rollins
and Burrell in left field, scoring Jenkins and Sexson to make it
6-2 in the fifth.
An RBI double by Mike Lieberthal cut it to 6-3 in the seventh.
Sexson was 1-for-16 before hitting an RBI double in the
first. ... Burrell batted cleanup for the first time since May 27.
... Phillies 1B Jim Thome is 5-for-26 (.192) in his last seven
games. ... Phillies 3B David Bell, on the disabled list since July
11 with a back injury, will have an MRI exam Wednesday because he
has soreness in his left hip. ... Osik extended his hitting streak
to a career-best eight games. ... Phillies CF Marlon Byrd is in a
4-for-32 (.125) slump.