Given Brewers starter Marco Estrada 's season-long struggles, the Phillies may be able to start quickly Wednesday afternoon in their bid for a three-game sweep.
Philadelphia (44-54) has scored 11 runs in the seventh inning or later in this series, scoring four in the ninth Monday to win for the first time in 43 games this season when trailing after eight innings. On Tuesday, the Phillies used a six-run eighth - capped by Hunter Pence 's go-ahead RBI single - to bail out Cliff Lee and win 7-6.
Philadelphia has won seven of 10 following a 1-11 stretch.
"It's been awesome," Pence said. "We've come together, playing good ball and doing a lot of the little things."
Milwaukee's bullpen has allowed 11 runs and walked 10 in 3 2-3 innings in the two defeats, raising its ERA one-quarter of a run to 4.76.
The Brewers have lost a season-high five in a row and haven't dropped six straight since a seven-game skid April 30-May 6, 2011.
"I don't know what's going on," manager Ron Roenicke said after watching his bullpen blow a save for the 18th time in 38 opportunities. "These guys have always done a good job."
Estrada (0-4, 4.10 ERA) again seeks his first win since Aug. 23, hoping to keep the ball in the park. He received little help Friday at Cincinnati, allowing three homers in seven innings of a 3-1 defeat. Estrada lamented his lack of focus in the seventh, when he fell behind in the count to Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen before each homered.
"When you go out and make dumb mistakes in the seventh inning, it kills you inside," he said. "Every pitch counts now. I threw really bad pitches at 2-0. It's really frustrating."
Allowing home runs has been a source of frustration for Estrada, who has been tagged for 14 in 54 2-3 innings over 10 starts. He has given up at least one homer in nine of them, with his lone outing without yielding one lasting just one inning.
Ryan Howard is the only Phillies player to have taken Estrada deep, while Chase Utley doubled in his only at-bat against the right-hander. Howard has three homers in his last five games and Utley has two home runs and a triple in that span.
Phillies starter Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) is out to regroup after coming undone in one bad inning Friday versus San Francisco. He was reached for six runs - giving up a grand slam during a five-run sixth - in a 7-2 defeat that denied him wins in consecutive starts for the second time this season.
"I missed my spots," Worley, who struck out nine, told the team's official website. "I got hurt on the one pitch, really. I felt strong. Everything was coming out the way I wanted it. I just missed."
The right-hander lost 3-2 in his only appearance against Milwaukee (44-52) on Sept. 11, giving up three runs in 6 2-3 innings. He may want to work around Ryan Braun , who went 3 for 4 with a homer Tuesday and is a lifetime .397 hitter with six home runs in 15 games at Philadelphia.
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|May 26, 2012||Cesar Izturis||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|June 07, 2012||Freddy Galvis||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|June 05, 2012||Placido Polanco||Day-to-Day||Left game - left index finger laceration|
|June 02, 2012||Jose Contreras||60-Day DL||Torn UCL, right elbow - out for season|
|May 28, 2012||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right latissimus dorsi strain|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins ran to first with a fist in the air, rounded the bag and waited for his teammates to pile on.
The Philadelphia Phillies are getting used to celebrations like this.
Rollins hit an RBI single off Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the 10th and the Phillies rallied in their last at-bat for the fourth straight day, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 to complete their first three-game sweep of the season on Wednesday.
The five-time defending NL East champions have won four in a row, including three walkoff wins.
"It shows we haven't given up," said Chase Utley , who had three hits and three RBIs. "We have some ground to cover, but we have the type of guys who are determined to win."
Rollins had the winning hit in the 12th against San Francisco on Sunday. The Phillies scored four runs off Rodriguez in the ninth in a 7-6 win Monday, and six in the eighth in a 7-6 win Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, the Phillies signed Cole Hamels to a $144 million, six-year deal that prevents the 2008 World Series MVP from becoming a free agent in November.
They celebrated with their eighth win in 12 games since the All-Star break and moved closer to getting out of last place. The Phillies remained 9 1/2 games behind in the wild-card standings.
"What we've done the last couple days is what we're capable of being," said center fielder Shane Victorino , who seems to be mentioned in a different trade rumor every day. "It's been fun."
Michael Schwimer (2-1) allowed an unearned run in the 10th, but earned the win.
John Mayberry Jr. walked with one out in the 10th against Rodriguez (2-6). Eric Kratz followed with a double. Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly to tie it.
Rollins then ripped an RBI single to right-center to end it.
"We were playing kind of rough at the end and stayed with it," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We did enough to get by."
Ryan Braun hit a tying, two-run homer off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth and Rickie Weeks also connected. But the Brewers lost their sixth straight game - all on the road.
"I haven't been around the game much, but this is the worst road trip I think I've ever been on, the most disheartening and heartbreaking, too," Brewers reliever John Axford said. "All three of the losses here were just really tough."
Carlos Gomez led off the 10th by reaching second when third baseman Ty Wigginton dropped his pop-up. Gomez advanced on a sacrifice by Cesar Izturis . After Braun was intentionally walked, Ramirez lofted a shallow fly to right. Second baseman Utley made an over-the-shoulder catch, but his off-balance turnaround throw was too late to get Gomez.
Phillies starter Vance Worley allowed three runs and 10 hits. Kyle Kendrick got five outs to extend his scoreless streak to 20 1-3 innings.
Brewers started Marco Estrada allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.
Utley ripped an RBI double to center to put Philadelphia up 2-1 in the third. He scored on Hunter Pence 's looping single to right to make it 3-1.
Utley delivered again in the fourth, stroking a two-out double to left-center to drive in a pair and extend the lead to 5-1.
Weeks hit a solo shot in the sixth and Gomez drove in another run with a double to get Milwaukee within 5-3.
Worley exited with runners on second and third and one out.
Kendrick entered and retired Nyjer Morgan on a shallow fly to right. He intentionally walked Braun to load the bases before Aramis Ramirez flied out to end the inning.
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Martin Maldonado 's RBI single.
Juan Pierre hit a two-out double and scored on a single by Eric Kratz to tie it at 1 in the bottom half.
In the first, Gomez circled the bases before realizing a ball he hit down the left-field line hooked outside the foul pole. He struck out on the next pitch.
NOTES: The Phillies are 13-4 in their last 17 games vs. Milwaukee. ... The NL Central is the only division the Phillies have a winning record against this season. They are 15-7. ... The Phillies had their 270th straight sellout, including postseason play. ... The Brewers return home where they are 6-0-1 in their last seven series. ... The Brewers start a four-game series against NL East-leading Washington on Thursday. Yovani Gallardo (8-7) starts against Edwin Jackson (5-6). ... The Phillies are off Thursday before starting a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday.
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