Ryan Braun’s throwing error in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Phillies to score the go-ahead run, as Philadelphia got past Milwaukee, 5-4, in the second test of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Trailing by one run, 4-3, in the seventh, the Phillies had the bases loaded with one out. Placido Polanco stepped to the plate and lofted a sacrifice fly to left to deliver the tying run in Carlos Ruiz. Braun’s throw home took a few bounces before rolling past catcher Jonathan Lucroy. That allowed Wilson Valdez to cross the plate for a 5-4 edge.
The bullpen held strong over the final two innings to make a winner of Roy Halladay (17-10), who gave up four runs on seven hits to snap a two-start skid. The right-hander also struck out six and walked two, but allowed a career-high four homers.
Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth each hit solo homers for Philadelphia, which has won five in a row. However, the Braves beat the Marlins on Saturday to remain one game ahead of the Phillies in the NL East.
Corey Hart hit a pair of solo homers for the Brewers, who also got a home run apiece from Prince Fielder and Alcides Escobar.
Dave Bush went six innings in the start, giving up three runs on six hits. He also fanned five batters and walked one for Milwaukee, which has dropped five straight contests. Kameron Loe (3-4) was charged with both runs in the seventh to take the loss.
Hart’s second homer of the game in the top of the seventh gave Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.
The Phillies, though, responded with two runs in the home half to go in front. Loe started the inning on the mound and gave up back-to-back singles to Shane Victorino and Ruiz.
Zach Braddock was called in from the bullpen and walked pinch-hitter Valdez to load the bases. Jimmy Rollins hit a grounder to third baseman Casey McGehee, who went home with the throw for the first out. That brought Polanco to the plate.
J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson combined to pitch a scoreless eighth. Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his 20th save of the year.
Each team hit a pair of solo home runs in the second inning. Fielder got the homer parade started with a leadoff blast to right. Three batters later, Escobar went deep to left to make it 2-0. Milwaukee went on to strand men on first and third.
Howard and Werth hit back-to-back homers to start the bottom of the second.
Hart led off the top of the third with a homer to right to make it 3-2.
Philadelphia tied the game back up in the home third. Rollins walked, moved to second on Polanco’s groundout and crossed the plate on Chase Utley’s single.
Philadelphia swept a three-game set in Milwaukee back in May and has won seven of the past nine meetings between the two clubs…Each team left five men on base…Halladay improved to 11-5 at Citizens Bank Park this year.