PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee was walking toward the plate when he got called back to the dugout for a pinch-hitter. His day was over. His teammates were just getting started.
Shane Victorino hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Placido Polanco had a three-run shot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.One night after beating Roy Halladay, the Brewers took a 3-0 lead into the sixth against Lee and were trying to complete their first ever sweep in Philadelphia.But Polanco connected off starter Chris Narveson to tie it in the sixth. Victorino then hit a long drive to deep right-center off Brandon Kintzler (1-1) to put the Phillies up 4-3."That was huge," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "Games like this keep you from going in a tailspin"Ryan Madson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Jose Contreras finished for his fourth save in four tries.Second baseman Wilson Valdez helped Contreras by making an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch on a shallow looper to right by Carlos Gomez with one out in the ninth. Contreras then struck out Ryan Braun swinging on a 95 mph fastball to end it.Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs and Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer for the Brewers, who tagged Lee for three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in six innings. Lee had just one strikeout coming off a 12-strikeout shutout at Washington last Thursday."I didn't have my best stuff," Lee said. "I had to battle. They have a very good offense. I would've liked to have been more efficient and done a better job. I felt fine, but I wasn't as sharp as I'd liked to be. A day you feel you don't have your best stuff, to be able to take the team to the sixth, seventh and have a chance to win, that's all you can ask for."Narveson didn't allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr. lined a double to left with two outs in the fifth. The lefty took a one-hitter into the sixth before the Phillies rallied. He left after giving up three runs and four hits in six innings.The Brewers won the series opener 6-3 in 12 innings, despite a blown save in the ninth by closer John Axford. They battered Halladay in a 9-0 win Wednesday night, becoming the first team to beat the NL East-leading Phillies in a series this season.Valdez got the Phillies started with a walk in the sixth. One out later, Victorino singled through the second-base hole on a perfectly executed hit-and-run. That brought up Polanco, who fell behind 0-2 before launching a drive a couple rows deep into the left-field seats to tie it 3-3. The runs snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak for the Phillies."Polanco is a great hitter," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Every year we try to figure out how to get him out."The Brewers became the first team to score a first-inning run against Philadelphia this season on Fielder's RBI infield single. Gomez hit a one-out single, advanced to third on Braun's single and scored on Fielder's grounder up the middle that Valdez knocked down.Milwaukee added an unearned run in a goofy third inning. Braun hit a two-out popup down the right-field line that Valdez dropped. Fielder then ripped a double to left-center, and Braun ran right through third-base coach Ed Sedar's stop sign and slid safely under a throw that beat him for a 2-0 lead.Casey McGehee followed with a single to right but got caught rounding the bag to end the inning. Rickie Weeks also made a blunder that inning when he led off with a grounder down the first-base line that was a few feet foul off the bat, so he didn't run. The ball hit a cutout, rolled fair and Ryan Howard picked it up to record the out.Lucroy lined a 1-1 cutter into the seats in left to make it 3-0 in the fourth.
Braun has reached safely in all 18 games this season. The team record to start a season is 23 by Hall of Famer Robin Yount in 1983. ... A crowd of 45,743 was the 147th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason. ... The Brewers are 15-32 in Philadelphia. ... Former Phillies pitcher Art Mahaffey threw out the first pitch on the 50th anniversary of his club-record 17-strikeout performance against the Chicago Cubs on April 23, 1961. ... Polanco is 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
45,743 (104.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
62 degrees, partly cloudy
Home Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim Mcclelland
The Phillies tablesetters were at it again today... Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco -- who combined for 3 runs and 4 RBIs vs the Brewers today -- have sparkling batting numbers this season as Philly's one-two hitters. Each has a batting average over .320 and an OPS total approaching .900 this season.