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Victorino homers, drives in 4 as Phils top Brewers

May 16, 2010 - 1:25 AM By COLIN FLY AP Sports Writer

MILWAUKEE(AP) -- Jose Contreras earned his first save in a career that spans 22 years in Cuba and the majors. The 38-year-old starter-turned-reliever will get the opportunity to stay in the closer role for a while.

Shane Victorino homered and drove in four runs, and Contreras helped the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen hold on in a 10-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

"There's a lot of adrenaline in that moment," Contreras said through a translator - fellow reliever Danys Baez.

After the game, the Phillies placed closer Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list with his right elbow still not feeling right. Contreras took over the role when setup man Ryan Madson kicked a chair and needed toe surgery.

In the ninth, reliever David Herndon allowed an RBI double to Corey Hart to make it 10-6 and left with runners on second and third. Contreras walked pinch-hitter George Kottaras with one out to load the bases before striking out Rickie Weeks and Craig Counsell to end it.

"Twenty-two years starting games, and now my career is closing games," Contreras said. "It was a tough situation at that moment, but I was able to save the game. That's the most important thing."

Lidge said he'd either get more rest for his arm, a cortisone shot or a shot to help lubricate the joint next week. He expects the swelling to subside and said he's still upbeat after an MRI this week showed no structural damage.

"This is something that apparently can happen on the recovery back," Lidge said. "When it goes away, which hopefully it will with whatever we treat it with, it should go away."

Staked to a 9-2 lead after Victorino's two-run homer in the sixth inning and Philadelphia's five runs off reliever Claudio Vargas in the seventh, Joe Blanton (1-2) and the Phillies' bullpen made it interesting.

The scuffling Brewers got homers from Prince Fielder, pinch-hitter Alcides Escobar and Hart, but have been hospitable hosts to everyone, falling to 4-13 at Miller Park.

"It's frustrating. We keep looking up and keep getting reminded obviously of how bad we are at home right now," Hart said. "You want to get out there and get early leads and try to get something going. It's been hard for us to get anything going lately."

The Brewers are off to their worst start at Miller Park after equaling their 1985 mark at County Stadium. They've lost five in a row overall, and seven straight at home for the first time in eight years.

Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said after the game he spoke with his players in what was essentially a pep talk.

"I don't want them to get discouraged," Macha said. "The guys are battling and giving it all they got. We're going to work our way out of this. ... We're going through a rough patch here. The only thing to do is fight our way out of it."

The NL East-leading Phillies improved to 12-7 on the road, tops in the NL.

Victorino's shot in the sixth off starter Chris Narveson (3-1) just cleared the left-field wall to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. The Phillies roughed up Vargas for five more runs in the seventh, including third-string catcher Paul Hoover's two-run double as Philadelphia took a 9-2 lead.

Blanton was sharp through six innings in his third start since opening the season on the disabled list with an oblique strain, but gave up a three-run homer to Hart to make it 9-5 in the seventh and didn't return for the eighth.

Victorino sparked the Phillies in the second with an RBI single, and Chase Utley followed two batters later with two on and two outs by hitting a deep fly to the right-field wall.

The ball caromed directly at Hart's left foot and then bounced over the wall. Umpires ruled it a ground-rule double for Utley that made it 2-0.

"It was either a kick save or a weird angle," said Hart, who couldn't tell if he'd kicked it or not. "It saved us a run so I was excited about it."

NOTES: Narveson threw 130 pitches, tops in the majors this season, and still couldn't get through six innings. ... Brewers CF Jim Edmonds (left oblique) came out before the start of the fourth inning. He was replaced by Jody Gerut, who made a diving catch in the seventh. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (right knee) is only available in an emergency this series. ... The Brewers optioned OF Adam Stern to Triple-A Nashville and replaced him with RHP John Axford, who gave up a run in the eighth. ... Packers rookie OL Bryan Bulaga hit 14 homers in batting practice.








  • Brewers 6, Phillies 10 - FINAL
    PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    S Victorino cf 6 2 3 4 0 1 0 .263
    P Polanco 3b 6 0 4 1 0 1 2 .315
    C Utley 2b 4 0 2 2 0 1 2 .315
    R Howard 1b 5 0 1 0 1 3 6 .284
    J Werth rf 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .339
    R Ibanez lf 3 1 0 0 2 1 5 .237
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  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY COREY HART SCORED JODY GERUT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C HART ON SECOND, G ZAUN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 10
    MILWAUKEE 6 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: C VILLANUEVA (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Phillies 10, Brewers 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 15 7:34 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY PAUL HOOVER SCORED RAUL IBANEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 10
    MILWAUKEE 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J BLANTON (.333, 1-FOR-3, SAC)

    Phillies 10, Brewers 5  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 15 6:57 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY COREY HART (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED GREGG ZAUN AND PRINCE
    FIELDER.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 9, MILWAUKEE 5
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J SUPPAN (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Phillies 9, Brewers 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 15 6:45 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CHASE UTLEY SCORED SHANE VICTORINO
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 9
    MILWAUKEE 2 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.281, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Phillies 9, Brewers 2  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 15 6:32 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED JOE BLANTON
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, S VICTORINO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 8
    MILWAUKEE 2 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.318, 2-FOR-3, HBP, RBI)

    Phillies 8, Brewers 2  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 15 6:28 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED PAUL HOOVER
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S VICTORINO ON SECOND, J BLANTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 7
    MILWAUKEE 2 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P POLANCO (.305, 2-FOR-4)

    Phillies 7, Brewers 2  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 15 6:26 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PAUL HOOVER SCORED WILSON VALDEZ AND JAYSON WERTH
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P HOOVER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6
    MILWAUKEE 2 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J BLANTON (.200, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Phillies 6, Brewers 2  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 15 6:23 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALCIDES ESCOBAR (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF JOE BLANTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4, MILWAUKEE 2
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: R WEEKS (.264, 0-FOR-2)

    Phillies 4, Brewers 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 15 6:05 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SHANE VICTORINO (8) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF CHRIS NARVESON SCORED PAUL HOOVER.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4, MILWAUKEE 1
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P POLANCO (.307, 2-FOR-3)

    Phillies 4, Brewers 1  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 15 5:53 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PRINCE FIELDER (6) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JOE BLANTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 2, MILWAUKEE 1
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: C MCGEHEE (.310, 0-FOR-1)

    Phillies 2, Brewers 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 15 5:36 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHASE UTLEY SCORED JOE BLANTON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C UTLEY ON SECOND, S VICTORINO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 2
    MILWAUKEE 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.285, 0-FOR-1)

    Phillies 2, Brewers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 15 4:42 PM


  • NL
    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED PAUL HOOVER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S VICTORINO ON FIRST, J BLANTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 1
    MILWAUKEE 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P POLANCO (.304, 1-FOR-1)

    Phillies 1, Brewers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 15 4:35 PM
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    Phillies vs. BrewersMay 15 2:28 PM