After recording seven consecutive 30-homer seasons with Cleveland, Thome left the Indians last winter to sign with Philadelphia as a free agent. In his first season in the National League, he extended the streak to eight.
"It's nice," Thome said. "This season's been a marathon. When you do your work, stay consistent, not panic and have good at-bats, I think that's what happened."
"He looked like he just missed hitting four," Phillies manager
With the Phillies already ahead, 1-0, in the first inning, Thome belted a three-run shot off Milwaukee starter
. He added a solo blast in the eighth off
for his 30th career multi-home game.
Millwood (12-8) gained the victory, allowing just his second home run at Veterans Stadium this season, a three-run blast by
in the fourth inning. Millwood allowed three runs and six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
"I knew we needed this game, no doubt about it," said Millwood, whose team had lost five of its last six. "To lose tonight would've been pretty bad for our team, so I knew going in we needed a big win. Whether it's 11-4 or 2-0, we had to find a way to win tonight. ... I think the biggest thing is we got a lead early."
Sheets (10-10) suffered his third straight loss, surrendering 10 runs - eight earned - and 12 hits in five-plus innings.
"(My) location was bad," Sheets said. "They're good. I think they just started hitting it at people for a little while. It didn't last long."
"Benny struggled a little bit in the first with his command and then got settled in a little bit," Milwaukee manager
said. "Then in the fifth and sixth, he had trouble getting his fastball down and they hit it pretty good."
Millwood escaped a jam in the top of the first, getting
to ground into an inning-ending double play with two on. Philadelphia then gave the righthander a four-run lead in the bottom half.
led off with a single and
was hit by a pitch.
singled to center to plate Byrd, and Thome followed by depositing Sheets' first offering over the right-center field wall.
"If you make just the slightest mistake on Thome, you're gonna pay for it," Yost said. "We did tonight. (We) got lucky a couple of times. (He) drove balls to the wall and we caught them."
The Brewers cut the deficit to a run with a two-out rally in the fourth. Sexson and
John Vander Wal
stroked back-to-back singles before Ginter lifted a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence for his ninth homer.
"I made three good pitches to (Ginter) and the fourth one, I didn't get in like I wanted to, and he hit it out," Millwood said. "Guys that play in this league are here for a reason. They're not here because they (stink), so you make mistakes and they're gonna get hit."
Philadelphia staged a two-out rally of its own in the fifth to increase the lead. With runners on first and second,
hit consecutive RBI singles to give the Phillies a 7-3 cushion.
Sheets saw his night come to an end after failing to retire any of the first three batters in the sixth. Byrd opened the frame by reaching on an error by third baseman Ginter and Polanco doubled. Abreu followed with a two-base hit to plate both runners.
came on and loaded the bases by intentionally walking Thome and hitting Lieberthal with a pitch. He then induced a double play grounder by Burrell, allowing Abreu to score for a 10-3 bulge.
Milwaukee got back a run in the eighth on an RBI single by
, but Thome capped the scoring with a solo blast in the bottom of the inning.
"I think our offense stepped up," Thome said. "We had a big game offensively. I think guys really focused, came out tonight and I think it was that sense of urgency that, 'Hey, we got to win this ballgame, especially after last night.'"