Series: Game 2 of 3

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 8/28)

Game 1: Friday, August 27
Game 2: Saturday, August 28
Game 3: Sunday, August 29

Brewers 3

(55-72, 25-38 away)

Phillies 4

(64-65, 32-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 28, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: T. Worrell (4-5)

    L: M. Adams (2-2)

    Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 3

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Placido Polanco put an exciting end to an eventful day for the Philadelphia Phillies.

    The second baseman homered off Mike Adams with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a 4-3 win Saturday night that extended the Milwaukee Brewers' losing streak to 10.

    Polanco hit his 12th homer of the season on a 0-2 fastball by Adams (2-2), capping a rally from a 3-0 deficit.

    "I don't remember ever doing that before," Polanco said of the walk-off homer.

    But Polanco was well aware of the consequences that awaited him at the plate as his teammates were ready to mob him.

    "I tried to speed up and get it over with. I knew they were going to get me, but I'll take one for the team," said Polanco, who proudly showed off his chin where he said one of his teammates delivered an errant celebratory punch.

    The Phillies are 5-0 against Milwaukee this season but have lost 12 of their last 13 games against teams other than the Brewers.

    The bad news happened early when Phillies starter Randy Wolf left after three innings because of what the team said was slight inflammation in his left elbow. Wolf missed 16 games with tendinitis in the elbow in June.

    Bowa said that Wolf would see the team doctor today (Sunday) or tomorrow (Monday), but wasn't optimistic about the visit.

    "The pain hasn't gone away, he's been pitching with it the last two months and didn't tell anybody," Bowa said. "He's a competitor. He wanted to be out there. He had gone as far as he could by battling through the pain."

    When asked if he thought Wolf would be able to pitch again this season, Bowa said: "I'm not a doctor. I'll let him make that decision, but if it was my guess ..." Bowa then shook his head.

    Wolf left the clubhouse immediately after the game.

    Five relievers combined for six shutout innings, with Tim Worrell (4-5) striking out two in a perfect ninth.

    Before the game, Phillies general manager Ed Wade said Bowa will remain as manager for the rest of this season, but Wade didn't address Bowa's status for next year.

    "The Phillies have treated me unbelievably the whole way. From a professional standpoint, that was the best thing Eddie could have said because we were both tired of answering questions about it," Bowa said afterward.

    Milwaukee, which stranded 11, is on its longest losing streak since dropping 11 straight from July 14-24, 2001.

    "We've had a lot of these lately -- it's no fun, that's for sure," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Our problem since the All-Star game is leaving guys on."

    Scott Podsednik tied a career high with four hits and Geoff Jenkins had three. The loss came exactly one year after the Brewers extended their winning streak to 10, their best run since 1988.

    Ben Sheets, 0-5 in nine starts since the All-Star break, allowed three runs -- one earned -- and four hits in seven innings. He retired the side in order in five of the first six innings, getting 12 batters in a row from the third to the seventh, but his defense failed him twice.

    "He's our ace and we all know it," third baseman Wes Helms said. "It kills you when you lose like that. He pitched his heart out."

    After Helms misplayed Marlon Byrd's third-inning grounder for an error, Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI triple and scored on Jason Michaels' single.

    Polanco singled with two outs in the seventh and scored when Mike Lieberthal hit a liner to left that Jenkins couldn't grab with a diving attempt. The play was ruled a double.

    "That's a tough play in the outfield, but Jenks usually makes that play," Yost said.

    Polanco turned a nifty inning-ending double play on Chad Moeller's liner to second with the bases loaded in the seventh. With Podsednik on second base in the eighth, Byrd snared Brady Clark's sinking line drive to center.

    Lyle Overbay's 14th homer put Milwaukee ahead in the first, and Moeller and Podsednik hit RBI doubles in the second.

    Wolf, in his shortest outing this season, allowed three runs and five hits, leaving after 59 pitches.

    Game notes

    Podsednik stole two bases, increasing his NL-leading total to 49. He's five short of the team record for steals, set by Pat Listach in 1992. ... Phillies LF Pat Burrell worked out in the batting cage before the game and said he didn't feel any discomfort in his left wrist. ... Sheets has 203 strikeouts, the third-most for a Brewers pitcher behind Teddy Higuera's 240 in 1987 and 207 in 1986.

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