The Phils needed just a little bit of luck on their side in this game.
That luck came in the 10th. Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt-turned-single, thanks to a throwing error by Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins, allowed Raul Ibanez to score from third base and give the Phils a 3-2 win in Milwaukee.
The Phils struck immediately in the 1st inning, and again with two outs. Hunter Pence, who was batting clean up against a left-handed starter, took Randy Wolf deep to give the Phils a 1-0 lead.
But Milwaukee tied the game up in the 2nd when Yuniesky Batencourt singled home Casey McGehee, who ran over Chooch at the plate. McGehee then gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead when he grounded out to score Ryan Braun.
Placido Polanco immediately tied the game back up in the top of the 5th with a solo homer off Wolf. It was Polanco’s first extra base hit for the Phils since June 26.
After the Phils took the lead in the 10th on Ruiz’s RBI, Madson nailed the door shut for his 30th save of the season. Polanco made a great snag on a short hop off the bat of McGehee and Ryan Howard dug out the low throw to end it.
Cliff Lee got the start for the Phils and was once again excellent. He lost his scoreless innings streak in the 2nd, ending at 31. He allowed two runs, one earned on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings.
It was the 6th straight win for the Phils and gave them the series win versus Milwaukee. The Phillies won all eight four-game series they had this season.
The Atlanta Braves also lost today, putting the Phillies magic number to clinch the division and the best record in baseball at seven games.
2B: Ibanez (28). HR: Pence (19), Polanco (5).
WP: Stutes (6-1). LP: Hawkins (1-1). S: Madson (30).