MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- This was not the way the
wanted to start their longest road trip of the season.
belted a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, powering the
to 6-4 victory 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.
But after scoring once in the eighth to tie it and loading the bases with none out, Philadelphia squandered a chance to take the lead.
thought failing to come through in that situation was the key to the game.
"We had a chance to break it open," he said. "That was the turning point. We didn't get it done."
The Brewers took advantage of the momentum swing in the bottom of the inning as
led off with a single and
sacrificed. An intentional walk to
set the stage for Smith.
, Smith drove a 1-1 hanging slider from
(3-3) over the left field wall for his first homer of the season to give Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.
"It's a great feeling, I'll tell ya," Smith said. "It's kind of like everything goes silent. It's one of the best feelings you could possibly have."
"I felt good with Mark up with
," Brewers manager
said. "I felt like he'd have a chance to hit the ball in the gap."
(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.
belted a two-run homer for the Phillies, who had a five-game winning streak stopped in the opener of a 13-game road trip.
Trailing 3-2, the Phillies rallied to tie it in the eighth against
singled before Thome walked on a 3-2 pitch.
with an 0-1 offering to force in the tying run. But DeJean struck out rookie
on three pitches, fanned pinch hitter
on four pitches and got
to pop out to shortstop.
"I got guys to swing through some pitches," DeJean said. "I got guys with the breaking ball. I got the third guy to pop up."
"That was the key, keeping us right there, tied with nobody out," Yost said. "You're sitting in the dugout thinking, 'All right, if you give up one, that's an awesome job.' Giving up none really doesn't enter your mind until the ball goes in the air for the third out."
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
, who surrendered a two-run homer to
in the bottom of the first. It was Jenkins' 23rd homer of the season.
made it through one inning before exiting with a strained right rotator cuff. He is not expected to miss a start.
delivered an RBI double in the third, giving Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
, 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 Thome's 34th homer in the sixth made it 3-2.
Thome has homered in four straight and six of the last seven games.