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Brewers Once Again Implode In 9th Inning

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (WHBL) - Francisco Rodriguez failed to protect a three-run lead in the ninth inning Monday night, and the Milwaukee Brewers lost at Philadelphia 7-6. The Phillies scored four runs in the final frame off Milwaukee’s new closer, and the Brewers walked away with their fourth straight loss, which ties a season-high. Carlos Ruiz tied the game with an R-B-I single. And Ty Wigginton won it with a sacrifice fly that scored Erik Kratz. Rodriguez took the loss and dropped to 2-5. And he blew his fifth save opportunity of the year. It ruined a quality start by Randy Wolf, who gave up two runs in six innings. Those were back-to-back homers by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard – and Howard’s blast was originally ruled a double before a replay review overturned it. Joe Savery got the win in relief.  Phillies’ starter Roy Halladay gave up six runs in six innings. And with three strikeouts, Halladay fell one short of two-thousand K’s for his career. The Phillies lost Shane Victorino in the first inning after he was hit by a pitch, and was called out because he swung on strike-three. He bruised his right elbow. Carlos Gomez belted a three-run homer and scored three times for the Brewers, who keep fading from playoff contention. They’re now five and a half games out of third place in the National League Central, 11 and a half away from the division lead, and eight games back for a Wild Card spot. The Phillies won back-to-back home games for the first time in almost a month, and they’ll host the Brewers again tonight. Right-hander Zack Greinke will make his first start in 11 days, while numerous scouts watch the possible trade candidate. Left-hander Cliff Lee will start for the Phils. Coverage on WHBL begins at 5:30.

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