Phils win with the longball

The first three innings, the Phils were getting perfecto’d.

Then they broke it up with a walk in the 4th and then finally managed to break up the no-no in the 5th. But despite the walk and hit, they were still the same lifeless Phils.

But two big swings changed all of that as Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino each homered to give the Phils a 4-3 win and prevent the sweep from Milwaukee.

Center fielder Shane Victorino broke the 3-3 tie in the 8th inning with a solo homer to right-center. It was his second homer of the season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cliff Lee didn’t have his best stuff today but still kept the Phillies in the game. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out one in six innings.

The bull pen came in and allowed only two hits and a walk to stop the bleeding. Kyle Kendrick pitched a perfect seventh, Ryan Madson got the win and Jose Contreras notched his fourth save by striking out the Phillies killer Ryan Braun to end it.

The Phillies got their first hit in the 5th inning when John Mayberry, making his second straight start, doubled to left field off of Brewers starter Chris Narveson with two outs.

But an inning later, they put together a tremendous inning, tying the game up with a three-run jack by Polanco.

Victorino then gave the Phils a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th with his second hit of the game, a solo homer to right center off of Brandon Kintzler. The ball exploded off his bat, landing in the far right corner of the bull pens over the little cut out of stands.

Victorino went 2-for-2, driving in a run and scoring twice. His ability to get hits and get on base three times was huge for the Phillies and the task that comes with leading off.

Milwaukee got their runs in three of the first four innings. Prince Fielder hit an RBI single in the 1st and an RBI double in the 3rd while Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer in the 4th.

2B: Mayberry (1), Howard (5). HR: Polanco (2), Victorino (2).

WP: Madson (2-0). LP: Kintzler (1-1). S: Conteras (4).

Boxscore.

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