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The Milwaukee Brewers kept their home winning streak going with

some late heroics from Corey Hart. Yovani Gallardo will try to help

ensure no late heroics are necessary to extend that run to

eight.

Gallardo will also be seeking his fourth consecutive victory

Friday night with another successful outing against the

Philadelphia Phillies.

The Brewers’ run of success at Miller Park looked like it might

be in jeopardy in Thursday’s series opener. They trailed by a run

in the eighth inning, before Hart delivered a grand slam to lift

Milwaukee to a 7-4 win – its seventh in a row at home.

Ryan Braun added a pair of solo homers after going 6 for 42

(.143) with 14 strikeouts over his previous 10 games, and Aramis

Ramirez also went deep.

Kevin Frandsen had a three-run double for Philadelphia, though

it ultimately went for naught.

“You got to give Frandsen some credit, getting that

bases-clearing double to give us the lead,” said Phillies starting

pitcher Cliff Lee, who struck out 12 in 7 2-3 innings and didn’t

get a decision. “That was huge by him. We just weren’t able to keep

the lead.”

Gallardo (11-8, 3.78 ERA) will try to help the Brewers (53-64)

win eight in a row at home for the first time since July 10-Aug. 1,

2011.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last three

starts. He pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings in Sunday’s 5-3

victory at Houston, giving up three runs while striking out

eight.

“I felt pretty good (Sunday). I was able to command all of my

pitches,” Gallardo said. “I’m just trying to go back out there and

get back in that same rhythm I was in before.”

Gallardo is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two career starts against the

Phillies (54-64), including a 3-2 home win last Sept. 11 in which

he struck out 12 and allowed two runs and three hits over seven

innings.

Gallardo will have a great opportunity to defeat Philadelphia

again if counterpart Vance Worley’s struggles continue. The

right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA over his last five outings and

has given up four runs in each of his last two.

After failing to make it out of the fourth inning of a loss to

Atlanta on Aug. 6, Worley (6-7, 3.97) pitched into the sixth Sunday

against St. Louis but did not get a decision in an 8-7 win.

He started opposite Gallardo during the Sept. 11 game at Miller

Park, giving up three runs over 6 2-3 innings and striking out

seven. He also started the Phillies’ 10-inning, 7-6 home win over

the Brewers on July 25, allowing three runs and scattering 10 hits

over 5 1-3 innings.