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Brewers' Late Rally Falls Short

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (WHBL) - Philadelphia scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings Sunday, as the Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 at Citizens Bank Park.  Milwaukee blew a chance to sweep at Philly for the first time, as a ninth-inning rally fell short. Jeff Bianchi had an R-B-I single with nobody out. The Brewers loaded the bases with two away, but Martin Maldonado flied out to center to end the game. Domonic Brown finished a double short of the cycle for the Phillies as he went 3 for 3 with four R-B-I’s. Brown hit a three-run homer in the first inning, when Philadelphia scored five times. Brewers’ starter Mike Fiers lasted just one-and-two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs – five earned – on seven hits. He’s 1-4 with his only victory in relief. Fiers has not won a start since last September eighth. Cliff Lee struck out a season-high 11 in seven-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits with no walks. Lee won his fifth straight decision, as he improved to 7-2. Jonathon Lucroy again had the big hit for Milwaukee – a three-run triple in the eighth inning. It was originally ruled a grand slam, but a replay review showed it hit the top of the railing above the left-field wall. Still, Lucroy capped off a hot 8 for 13 series with three homers and eight R-B-I’s in the three games at Philly. The Brewers remain in last place by two games in the National League Central. They’ll host an Interleague series with Oakland starting tonight. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces “A’s” left-hander Tommy Milone.  Pregame on WHBL begins at 6:35.

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