MILWAUKEE (AP) -- One win does not erase a seven-game losing
streak. It's a start, though.
"I think we can reel off seven, eight, 10 wins in a row,"
Milton said. "We've got a lot of winners in this clubhouse."
Milton (13-2), whose .867 winning percentage is the best in the
majors, is the first Phillies' pitcher to win 13 of his first 15
decisions since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1980. Milton allowed
two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out seven.
Abreu's 27th homer, a two-run shot off Doug Davis in the sixth,
broke a 1-all tie.
It was the first game between the teams this season, and in the
reeling Brewers, who have lost 12 of 16, the Phillies found just
what they needed after a 1-9 homestand turned up the heat on
manager Larry Bowa.
"Might have been good to just get away for awhile," said Bowa,
whose team has won six of its last seven away from home.
Davis (10-10) didn't give up a hit until Mike Lieberthal led off
the fifth with a triple over the head of center fielder Scott
Podsednik, who was playing too shallow. Lou Collier followed with a
hard hit off lunging third baseman Wes Helms' glove that scooted
past shortstop Craig Counsell for an RBI single.
Helms then charged in to grab Milton's pop-up bunt and threw to
first to double off Collier and end the inning.
Jimmy Rollins led off the sixth with a single and, one out
later, Abreu hit a 415-foot homer to right field for a 3-1 lead.
Davis said he left a 3-2 cut fastball over the middle of plate:
"It wasn't a mistake. I didn't want to walk him. I already had too
Davis allowed three earned runs on four hits with three walks
and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
"It's very mentally draining," Davis said after failing for
the fourth time to tie his career high with 11 wins. "Whenever I
go home mentally drained, I can't think of anything but going to
sleep. Even sleeping's hard to do. But that's part of baseball. You
try not to let it run your life outside of the stadium but
sometimes you can't get it out of your head until your next
Todd Jones pitched the eighth for Philadelphia before Worrell
closed out the Brewers in the ninth, both making quick work of the
Brewers with a 1-2-3 inning.
"We need that for once," Bowa said. "Lately, we've been
struggling. But in all fairness to the (bullpen), they carried us
the first half. A lot of it has to do with fatigue."
Phillies center fielder Marlon Byrd made a full-sprint leaping
catch to rob Lyle Overbay of extra bases in the eighth, and
Rollins, the shortstop, robbed Counsell of a hit in the fourth when
he made a spectacular grab with his back to the infield.
The Brewers put runners at the corners with one out in the first
but failed to score. Their inability to hit in the clutch has been
a sore spot all season and a killer for a team with the lowest
payroll in baseball.
"We just have to play as fundamentally sound as we can and take
advantage of every opportunity to be successful," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said.
Game NotesThe Brewers outrighted LHP Matt Ford from their 40-man
roster. Ford has been pitching at Double A Huntsville, where he's
1-6 with a 4.36 ERA, and will remain there. ... With their eighth
loss in their last 10 games at Miller Park, the Brewers are 30-32
at home. They won 31 games at Miller Park in 2002 and '03. ... The
Phillies last lost eight straight games from Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2000.
... Burba hadn't faced the Phillies since 1997 while pitching for