PHILADELPHIA, PA (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers blew a 10th inning lead Wednesday afternoon, and lost at Philadelphia 7-6. Francisco Rodriguez put runners on second and third. Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz then tied the game with run-scoring sacrifice fly. And Jimmy Rollins won it with a single that scored pinch-runner Mike Fontenot. The Phillies swept the Brewers in their three-game set, all by identical 7-6 scores – and all by coming from behind to score in their final at-bats. It was the second time in three days that K-Rod imploded in the closer’s spot. The loss drops him to 2-6. The Brewers came back from 5-1 deficit earlier. Ryan Braun tied it in the eighth with a two-run homer, his National League-leading 28th of the year. Milwaukee took the lead in the top of the 10th when Ty Wigginton dropped a pop-up at third, and Carlos Gomez legged it out and ended up at second. With two out, Gomez scored on a short sacrifice fly just past second base by Aramis Ramirez. Braun reached base in all six of his trips with his homer, two doubles, and two walks. He also reached base on one of two Philadelphia errors. Rickie Weeks also hit a homer for Milwaukee. Chase Utley drove in three runs on a pair of doubles for Philly, which won its fourth straight. Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada only lasted four innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The Brewers have now lost six straight for the first time since early May of last year. Wednesday's loss makes the playoffs even more of a pipe dream for the Crew, as they fell to nine and a half games out of Wild Card contention and 13 in back of first-place Cincinnati in the N-L Central. The Brewers are nine games below .500. They’ll host the Washington Nationals for four games starting tonight. Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:35.
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