Brewers 7, Phillies 4

No one was happier to see Cliff Lee leave the game than

Milwaukee’s Corey Hart, and did he ever make the Philadelphia

Phillies pay.

Hart had struck out three times against Lee on Thursday night,

but he hit a grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning off

reliever Josh Lindblom and the Brewers beat the Phillies 7-4.

Lee was removed after an error with two outs in the eighth kept

the inning alive. Lindblom (2-3) entered the game and loaded the

bases before Hart hit a 2-2 pitch just over the wall in right to

snap Milwaukee’s three-game losing streak.

”It was a terrible night, now it’s turned into a great night,”

Hart said. ”Striking out has become part of my repertoire, but big

hits, you can’t beat it.”

With two outs in the eighth, Rickie Weeks was batting and

Philadelphia held a 4-3 lead, Lee’s 111th pitch was hit to Kevin

Frandsen at third, but he made a throwing error to keep the inning


Weeks reached second and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel

summoned Lindblom to face Ryan Braun, who had hit two homers off

Lee. Braun was intentionally walked and Aramis Ramirez walked to

load the bases.

Domonic Brown couldn’t make the leaping catch of Hart’s drive.

It was Milwaukee’s fourth home run of the game after Lee gave up

three solo shots but little else.

”He was great tonight,” Hart said of Lee. ”He, obviously,

left up a few balls for our guys to hit. I wasn’t one of the guys.

He was dominating me. I was happy for him to get out of there.

”Lindblom’s been tough, but after the rough night I had I was

excited that anybody but Cliff was out there,” he said.

Since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31,

Lindblom has given up six earned runs in five innings over seven


”I haven’t made pitches, I haven’t executed,” Lindblom said.

”There’s really no excuses other than the fact that you just got

to go out and make pitches.”

Lee said he understood why Manuel removed him.

”I felt good, but it wasn’t really debatable,” Lee said.

”Charlie came out there and said, `We’re going to go with a


”Obviously, if he asks me how I feel, what I think, I’m going

to tell him I want to keep pitching,” he said. ”It wasn’t really

up for debate. He kind of had his mind made up. And considering

Braun is 2 for 3 with two home runs, it actually made some


Livan Hernandez (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the

victory. Jim Henderson recorded the final two outs for his third

save in four chances, getting Erik Kratz to ground out with the

bases loaded to end the game.

”I hope it calms down a little bit,” Milwaukee manager Ron

Roenicke said of his bullpen’s inability to record an easy


Lee allowed two solo home runs by Braun and a solo homer by

Ramirez, but pitched 7 2-3 innings, giving up five hits without

walking a batter and striking out 12. He was in line for only his

third win in 22 starts until Hart’s late heroics.

The homers by Braun and Ramirez allowed the Brewers to open a

3-1 lead, but Philadelphia took the lead on Frandsen’s two-out

double off Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada in the fifth. The

right-hander recorded the first two outs of the inning and then

fell apart.

Ryan Howard singled to left, Brown walked and Laynce Nix singled

to load the bases. Frandsen, recalled from the minor leagues when

Placido Polanco went on the disabled list on July 27, hit a 3-2

pitch to the gap in left-center field, with all runners easily

scoring to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

Estrada took 108 pitches to get through five innings, giving up

four runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out one.

Braun took early batting practice nearly four hours before the

game in an attempt to snap out of a 9-for-47 slump with no walks

and no home runs in his last 49 plate appearances. The NL MVP hit

an 0-2 pitch from Lee off the top of the wall in right-center for

his 30th homer that gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.

Ramirez followed with a homer to center, his 16th, to make it


Philadelphia pulled within 2-1 in the third when Jimmy Rollins

scored from third on a fielder’s choice.

Braun then hit his second homer of the game in the fourth on an

0-1 pitch, marking his fifth multihomer game this season.

”Their pitchers were able to keep the ball in the ball park and

we weren’t,” Lee said. ”That’s what it really came down to. Braun

hit two home runs off me and Ramirez hit one as well. We’ve got to

do a better job of keeping the ball in the ball park.”

Notes: Polanco, out with back inflammation, went 1 for 3 in his

first rehab game for Single-A Clearwater. . Thursday’s game was the

50th for Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis in his 50-game suspension for

using a performance enhancing substance. Galvis will be placed on

the 15-day DL on Friday for a lower back injury. . Braun joined

Prince Fielder as the only Brewers to have five seasons with at

least 30 homers. . Lee has given up 12 home runs in his last six