BREWERS (.407 WINNING PERCENTAGE) SWEEP PHILLIES 8-7 IN 11!

Phils starter Chad Billingsley gave up seven runs — six earned — and 10 hits in five innings in his first appearance since May 15. The right-hander missed several starts because of a strained shoulder.

By Sam Bush

How bad are the Phillies?

Truly?

They just got swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, one of the worst teams in baseball!

Adam Lind hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the 11th inning to help the Brewers beat the Phillies 8-7 Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep.

The Brewers blew leads of 4-0, 5-2 and 7-4 but still won their fifth straight game in a matchup of teams with the two worst records in the majors.

Jonathan Lucroy opened the 11th with a double off Luis Garcia (2-3) and advanced to third on Ryan Braun’s groundout. Lind then singled up the middle to break the tie.

Michael Blazek (5-2) tossed two scoreless innings for the win. Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 18th save in 18 tries.

Cody Asche hit a two-run homer and was one of four Phillies with three hits. Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis all had three hits each.

Brewers starter Matt Garza allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings and left with a three-run lead.

Down 7-4, the Phillies rallied in the seventh. Ryan Howard hit an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton and pinch-hitter Ben Revere followed with a run-scoring single off Will Smith. After Asche walked, Galvis knocked in Revere with a single to left to tie it at 7-7. That ended Smith’s scoreless streak at 17 appearances and 16 2-3 innings.

The Brewers went ahead 3-0 in the first on consecutive RBI singles by Braun and Lind and a sacrifice fly by Aramis Ramirez.

Gerardo Parra’s RBI double made it 4-0 in the second. But Asche cut the deficit in half with a two-run shot in the bottom half.

Scooter Gennett singled in a run in the third for a 5-2 lead. Herrera hit a two-run single with two outs in the fourth to cut it to 5-4. But Jean Segura’s two-run single in the fifth extended Milwaukee’s lead to 7-4.

 

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