Phillies Streak Ends With 6-4 Loss in Milwaukee

The Phillies started their 13 game road trip on the wrong foot against the Milwaukee Brewers, losing the series opener 6-4. Not only was the game the start of their longest road trip in four years, it was the start of 27 games in 27 days. The Phillies had hoped to extend their five-game win streak, but pinch-hitter Mark Smith wasn't about to let that happen.

Pinch-hitter Mark Smith belted a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to 6-4 win over the Phillies.

Starting the night one-half game ahead of Florida for the National League wild card, the Phillies battled back from a 3-0 deficit against one of the league's worst teams. After scoring once in the eighth to tie it and loading the bases with none out, the Phillies squandered a chance to take the lead.

The Brewers took advantage of the momentum swing in the bottom of the inning as Richie Sexson led off with a single and Brady Clark sacrificed. An intentional walk to Keith Ginter set the stage for Smith. Batting for Keith Osik, Smith drove a hanging slider from Turk Wendell (3-3) over the left field wall for his first homer of the season to give Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.

Mike DeJean (4-7), who pitched out of the jam in the top of the eighth, picked up the win. Dan Kolb gave up a run in the ninth but was able to secure his ninth save.

Trailing 3-2, the Phillies rallied to tie it in the eighth against Leo Estrella. Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu singled before Thome walked on a 3-2 pitch. Estrella hit Mike Lieberthal with an 0-1 offering to force in the tying run. But DeJean struck out rookie Chase Utley on three pitches, fanned pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee on four pitches and got Jimmy Rollins to pop out to shortstop. The big effort by DeJean had to be a surprise. He allowed at least a run in each of his previous three outings, giving up five runs and five hits in three innings.

It also was a rough beginning for Phillies starter Kevin Millwood, who surrendered a two-run homer to Geoff Jenkins in the bottom of the first. It was Jenkins' 23rd homer of the season.

Brewers starter Ben Sheets made it through one inning before exiting with a strained right rotator cuff. He is not expected to miss a start.

Rookie Bill Hall delivered an RBI double in the third, giving Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.

Wes Obermueller, who was roughed up in a loss at Philadelphia on Thursday, came on for Sheets and pitched well. He held the Phillies off the board until Jim Thome launched another epic blast, his 34th homerun of the season, in the sixth to make it 3-2. Thome has homered in four straight and six of the last seven games.

The series continues Wednesday night with Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.46) going against Matt Kinney (7-9, 4.90).


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