Offense can’t overcome pitching in Phillies’ loss to Brewers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- If the Philadelphia Phillies carry this type of offense into the second half of their season, they probably won't lose 100 games.
Despite 16 hits and three comebacks, the Phillies lost 8-7 to the Milwaukee Brewers in 11 innings Thursday night and were swept by the second-worst team in the majors in a four-game series.
The Phillies reached the midpoint of the season with 27 wins and 54 losses.
"It's disappointing to lose, but there's a lot of positives," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "It's great to see guys swinging the bats well and hopefully that's an omen for the future."
Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th to lift the Brewers to their fifth straight win.
The Phillies rallied from deficits of 4-0, 5-2 and 7-4 but couldn't get a clutch hit late in the game.
Cody Asche hit a two-run homer and was one of four Phillies with three hits. Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis also had three hits each.
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.
Philadelphia's 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.
"I'm a little rusty, but felt good to be out there again," Billingsley said. "My fastball command was good, but I wasn't locating my secondary pitches. It's a matter of going out there every five days."
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.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched two scoreless innings, the first time he's recorded six outs since July 21, 2012. Papelbon remains 14 for 14 in save chances.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang was placed on the 15-day DL because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Billingsley took his roster spot.
Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan will make his second start for the second time when the Phillies open a series in Atlanta. Morgan beat the Cardinals in his major league debut on June 21. His next start was rained out after two innings.
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