MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The offense comes and goes for the
. It never made it to Miller Park.
The Phillies suffered an embarrassing three-game sweep as
homered late to power the
to a 5-2 victory.
(11-9) allowed three runs in five-plus innings for the Phillies, who entered the day one-half game ahead of Florida atop the National League wild card standings.
The Brewers, who have the second-worst record in the NL (51-75), extended their home winning streak to a season-best four games.
"They're in last place, but it's still a big-league ballclub over there," said Phillies infielder
, a former Brewer. "On any given day where their pitchers are there, they are going to do the job."
They did the job in this series as the Brewers outscored the Phillies, 21-7. Milwaukee began the day with the NL's third-worst ERA (5.04). Philadelphia was in the middle of the league with a .260 batting average.
"That's been the story of our offense all year," Phils manager
said. "We'll go three games and swing good and then go five or six or seven and not swing at all."
Ginter did with his bat what he couldn't do with his glove while Conti contributed with both as the Brewers completed their first series sweep of the Phillies since joining the NL in 1998.
After committing one of his two errors in the second inning, allowing the tying run to score when he misplayed a grounder to third base, Ginter led off the bottom of the sixth with his 10th home run, giving Milwaukee a 3-2 lead.
"Anytime you can help a team get a run when you make an error in that situation and give up a run, you want to come back and do something with the bat," Ginter said. "I was fortunate enough to hit a home run."
Conti threw out
at the plate in the top of the seventh, preserving the one-run lead, then hit a two-run homer in the eighth to cap the scoring.
"He hit a big home run and his throw to stop the tying run from scoring was huge," Brewers manager
said. "Jason has been known through his career to have a cannon for an arm and is very accurate."
Conti put away the game against
, sending a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field wall for his first home run of the season and first as a Brewer.
"I got up there looking for a ball up in the zone" Conti said. "I got one on the first pitch and swung right through it. He threw another one and I took it. It was just a reaction swing on a 1-2 pitch."
(4-2) picked up the win after getting the final out in the sixth in relief of
. Dan Kolb earned his 10th save in as many chances by tossing a scoreless ninth.
Milwaukee had just eight hits to Philadelphia's 11, but the Phils stranded 11 runners. They left 19 on base in the first two games of the series.
"Not being able to hit with men on base is getting ridiculous," Bowa said.
An inning after Abreu was gunned down at the plate, the Phillies had a pair of men thrown out on the basepaths.
was out overrunning first after a bad throw and Houston was nailed trying to stretch a single.
"There's no room for error right now for our pitchers," Bowa said, criticizing his hitters. "They're not making it easy on them."