MILWAUKEE (AP) -- At this point, the Milwaukee Brewers simply
expect to erase big deficits in the late innings.
And this time, they weren't bailing out their bullpen.
Geoff Jenkins provided late-inning fireworks for the second
night in a row, slapping a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh
inning as the Brewers rallied past Philadelphia 5-4 and completed a
three-game sweep of the Phillies.
Jenkins, whose two-out RBI single in the ninth inning gave
Milwaukee its third straight victory in its final at-bat on
Wednesday, said the string of comebacks after blown leads are a
sign of improvement for the young Brewers.
"I think in the past, we didn't have that," Jenkins said. "We
just have a little more talent."
The Brewers' latest comeback began with reserve catcher Chad
Moeller's two-run homer in the seventh, off Phillies rookie Cole
Hamels. Until that point, Hamels and the Phillies appeared to have
But right now, the Brewers don't believe any opponent's lead is
"That's what happens after you do it a couple of times: You
expect it," Moeller said.
With the sweep, the Brewers brought baseball's hottest team to a
"Guys right now, they don't panic," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said. "It doesn't matter they know that we can put a streak
Philadelphia had won 13 of its previous 14 coming into the
"They're hot right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
"They stay with you, and things are going their way."
Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow -- who took a loss on Saturday,
blew his first save of the season on Sunday and was pulled out of
Wednesday's game after giving up three runs -- pitched a perfect
ninth inning for his 13th save.
"It's always huge to get right back out there as soon as
possible, and hopefully be successful," Turnbow said.
Turnbow realizes Yost might have him on a shorter leash these
days, but understands it won't be an issue if he keeps the
late-inning drama to a minimum.
"If I'm out there not getting the job done and making things
interesting, he's got to do what's best for the team," Turnbow
Yost said he didn't hesitate to call on Turnbow, despite his
recent shaky outings and heavy workload.
"I don't think his confidence was gone, to be honest with
you," Yost said. "It's just one of those situations."
The Phillies squandered a strong outing by Hamels, who allowed
four runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Making his second career start -- he allowed one hit in five
innings in his debut -- the 22-year-old retired the first five
batters he faced and allowed only two hits in the first five
innings. His only major mistake came to Moeller.
"Near the end, the thing that really killed me was not getting
ahead of hitters," Hamel said. "You can battle through three,
four, five innings of not doing that, but near the end, it's really
going to bite you."
"We had them on the ropes and we let them get away," Manuel
said. "We didn't knock in our easy runs. We had a chance to bust
the game open."
Hamels pitched his way out of a jam in the second inning. He
gave up a single to Bill Hall, then loaded the bases with two
straight walks. But Hamels got Brewers pitcher Dana Eveland to
ground into a fielder's choice at second base to end the inning.
Hamels then retired the next six batters he faced.
Hamels allowed two runners to start the fifth inning, but got
pinch-hitter Corey Hart to ground into a double play.
Eveland, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville after Brewers
ace Ben Sheets went on the disabled list, gave up four runs and
seven hits in five innings. Three of those runs came in the first
inning, including a two-run homer by Pat Burrell.
After that -- and a pep talk from Yost, who told him to trust
himself -- Eveland settled down.
"Sometimes, I feel like I need that -- need somebody to get in
my face," Eveland said.
Justin Lehr (2-1) earned the victory in relief.
Weeks committed his league-leading 14th error in the sixth
inning. ... Thursday's attendance was 27,419.