PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One week after returning to his familiar role as closer, Francisco Rodriguez blew a big one.
K-Rod allowed four runs in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers lost their fourth straight game, 7-6 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.
“I didn’t get it done,” Rodriguez said. “It’s really painful. Everything just fell apart. It’s frustrating.”
The Brewers wasted a solid effort by Randy Wolf and a three-run homer by Carlos Gomez. Wolf gave up two runs and five hits in six innings against his former team. The lefty won 16 games and was an All-Star with Philadelphia in 2003.
“It’s by far the most frustrating year of my career and both for the team and myself,” Wolf said. “A lot of losses that were hard to swallow.”
The Phillies were 0-42 when trailing after eight innings before coming back against Rodriguez, who replaced John Axford as the closer last week.
Rodriguez (2-5) has blown five saves in eight tries this year. He has 294 career saves.
“He’s always been a guy who made pitches when he had to,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “I’m not used to seeing him like this.”
With one out, Jimmy Rollins walked, Juan Pierre singled and Chase Utley walked to load the bases. Ryan Howard ripped an 0-2 pitch up the middle to drive in a pair and cut it to 6-5. Carlos Ruiz followed with a line-drive hit to left-center to tie it at 6. Hunter Pence walked to load the bases again.
Eric Kratz entered to run for Howard. Wigginton followed with a liner to left and Kratz scored easily ahead of Ryan Braun’s off-target throw.
“I can’t tell you how badly I feel,” Rodriguez said.
The Brewers battered two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay
Halladay allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his second start since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list.
Joe Savery (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. It was the first time in 18 tries that the Phillies won a game Savery appeared in.
Utley and Howard hit consecutive homers for the last-place Phillies.
Wolf, who once hit two homers in a game for the Phillies in 2004, helped himself with his bat in the fourth. He hit a two-out single up the middle. After Norichika Aoki singled, Gomez launched a towering drive that smacked high off the left-field foul pole to put Milwaukee up 6-2.
Braun’s RBI single in the third put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Gomez singled, stole second and scored on the hit.
The Phillies quickly erased a 2-0 deficit in the first when Utley and Howard went deep. After Shane Victorino struck out trying to check his swing on a pitch that appeared to hit him, Utley connected.
Howard followed with a drive that landed in the flower bed just over the left-field fence. The ball bounced back onto the field and Howard stopped at second base. He was credited with a homer after the umpires saw on a video review the ball cleared the wall.
Victorino left the game with a bruised right elbow the following inning.
The Brewers jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on a RBI double by Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart’s run-scoring single. Halladay could’ve escaped without allowing any runs, but right fielder Hunter Pence turned the wrong way on the two-out drive by Ramirez and the ball landed at the base of the fence.
NOTES: Braun is 6 for 13 off Halladay. … Gomez had two stolen bases before getting thrown out trying to swipe second in the seventh. … Wolf and the Brewers beat Halladay 9-0 in Philadelphia last April 19. … Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) starts for the Brewers on Tuesday night after being skipped his last turn because of fatigue. Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) goes for the Phillies. Lee tries for just his second win in 17 starts.