Wolf, who earned his first All-Star berth last month, lost his last two starts to San Diego and San Francisco, failing to make it past the fifth inning each time. He was winless in his last three starts.
But Wolf (12-7) found his groove on Thursday, allowing two runs and six hits, including a solo homer to
in the third. Wolf walked two and struck out seven.
One of the toughest innings for Wolf was the first, when he allowed the first two runners to reach base before striking out
on a fly ball.
"I just haven't pitched like I know I can pitch in the last three starts," Wolf said. "My past three outings, I've had rough first innings. When I got out of that first inning, I went 'whew.'"
Williams walked pinch hitters
in the ninth before Young grounded out to end the game. The ball bounced off the glove of Williams, who recovered in time to get the out at first.
"I thought the ball up the middle was going through," Young said. "We had a lot of opportunities. It shouldn't have come down to the ninth."
(0-4) remained winless in six major league decisions, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"I've been happy with Wes," Brewers manager
said. "He didn't get behind and battled."
Polanco, who was moved from second to third base to make room for
, hit his 12th homer to lead off a three-run third inning.
"Every time I go out there, I try to get on base, take another base," Polanco said. "I'm just glad that things are going good for us right now."
brought home Abreu with a single to shallow center. Utley, a former No. 1 pick who was called up from the minors on Wednesday when the Phils sent down struggling righthander
, followed with an RBI single to left to make it 3-1.
"I'm gonna do my best and see what happens," said Utley, who was 3-for-4.
The Brewers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth when Clark doubled and later scored when
grounded into a force play.
Polanco helped manufacture a run in the fourth. He singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Lieberthal.
and Jenkins opened the eighth with singles, but Wendell got
to ground into a double play to bring home a run before Clark flied out to end the inning.
Wendell helped put the Phils back on top of the wild card race, but he is not watching the scoreboard.
"About the last week we'll watch if it's still close or hopefully we can run away with it," Wendell said.