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Victorino's home run helps Phillies avoid sweep

Apr 20, 2011 - 10:22 PM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Shane Victorino's leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a three-game game set at Citizens Bank Park.

Placido Polanco hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who salvaged one game in the series. They had dropped three of four coming into the contest.

Starter Cliff Lee worked six innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout, but did not factor in the decision. Jose Contreras locked the game down with a scoreless ninth to record his fourth save of the season.

"It's the quickest way I know to score," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about the home runs. "We stayed with it and something good happened to us. Lee gave us a chance to stay in the game."

Prince Fielder went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in and Jonathan Lucroy added a solo homer for Milwaukee, which despite winning the series, has lost four of its last six.

"To bounce back against a great team and win the first two and really play a a good game, I'm really happy the way we played," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Chris Narveson got the starting nod and surrendered three runs on four hits in six frames, but did not get a decision. The lefty walked three and struck out four.

Tied at 3-3, Kyle Kendrick and Ryan Madson (2-0) worked a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, respectively, and Brandon Kintzler (1-1), who threw a 1-2-3 seventh, stayed on to start the bottom of the eighth.

Victorino worked the count in his favor, then unloaded on a 2-1 fastball and drove it over the right-center field wall to put the Phillies up for good.

"Today we grinded it out," Victorino said. "Polanco came up with the big home run and I end up getting the game-winning hit late in the game, so that's what it's about. You just have to keep going, just stay focused and take it one game at a time."

Contreras came on for the top of the ninth and gave up a one-out single to Rickie Weeks, but settled down to retire Carlos Gomez on a hump-back line drive to second and struck out Ryan Braun to end the game.

Milwaukee opened the scoring with a run in the first. Back-to-back one-out singles by Gomez and Braun put runners on the corners before Fielder's run- scoring infield base hit gave the Brewers the lead.

Braun reached first on an error with two away in the third and came around to score when Fielder doubled off the left-field wall. Lucroy's solo homer to left in the third made it a 3-0 game.

Narveson yielded a two-out double to John Mayberry Jr. in the fifth for Philadelphia's first hit, but Carlos Ruiz lined out to second to end the inning.

The Phillies came back to tie it in the sixth. With runners on the corners and one out, Polanco hit a 1-2 cutter into the left-field seats. Philadelphia was bidding for more, but Mayberry struck out with runners on first and second to end the threat.

Game Notes

Braun went 1-for-5 and extended his season-opening streak of getting on base to a franchise-best 18 straight games, surpassing Jeromy Burnitz, who reached base in 17 in a row to begin the 1997 campaign...The Phillies improved to 7-0 in day games this season.