Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE – Cole Hamels continued to pitch well as the Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3, on Saturday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Phils.
Hamels has won three straight starts. He is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in five starts this month.Starting pitching report
Hamels, who entered the game with 22 straight scoreless innings, pitched another strong game. He had allowed just one run through 7 2/3 innings before Phillies killer Ryan Braun popped him for a two-run homer to make it a one-run game in the eighth.
Hamels struck out 10, giving him 30 in his last four starts. He has just three walks over that span.
Hamels leads the NL in innings (171 1/3) and is third in strikeouts (168). For the season, he is 14-6 with a 2.94 ERA.
Milwaukee righthander Mike Fiers (6-6) allowed four runs in five innings. Three of them came on home runs. In all, Fiers allowed five hits and four walks.Bullpen report
After seeing his young relievers get bruised in recent nights, manager Charlie Manuel went to his closer, Jonathan Papelbon, in the eighth inning. Papelbon picked up a four-out save. His stuff was electric. He had three strikeouts. He has 27 saves on the season.At the plate
John Mayberry Jr. and Erik Kratz hit back-to-back homers in the second. Mayberry’s was a two-run shot. The Phils got another run in the third when Chase Utley singled and scored on a double by Ryan Howard. The Phils did not score a run in the final six innings.
Aramis Ramirez smacked a solo homer for Milwaukee. Braun had three hits. He has six homers against the Phils in seven games this season. He leads the NL with 33.In the field
Jimmy Rollins made a fielding gem to end the second inning.On the bases
The Phillies benefitted from some awful Brewers baserunning. Jonathan Lucroy made an ugly blunder on the bases in the third inning, and instead of scoring on Braun’s gapper to left-center, ran the Brewers out of the inning. Three innings later, Norichka Aoki was picked off at second by Hamels with Braun at the plate.Up next
The Phils and Brewers conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Kendrick (5-9, 4.53) and Randy Wolf (3-9, 5.65) are the pitchers.E-mail Jim Salisbury at firstname.lastname@example.org