Phillies 6, Brewers 2


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Sunday to salvage the finale of the season series.

Howard’s drive was his 17th of the season and his major league-leading 12th this month. Ryan Madson (5-3) pitched five solid innings and struck out a career-high seven to win his first start since May 6. He also had a two-run double.

Philadelphia won 12 of its first 13 games in May, but Sunday’s win was its third in its last 12 games. The Phillies finished the season series 1-5 against Milwaukee.

Brady Clark had three hits and Corey Koskie homered for the Brewers, who saw their season-best three-game road winning streak snapped.

The Phillies caught a huge break to start the fifth when Chase Utley beat out a grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks handled the two-hopper easily but was slow on his throw to first.

After Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell struck out, Howard connected off starter Dana Eveland (0-2), tucking a flyball just inside the left-field foul pole for a 4-2 lead.

Milwaukee’s shoddy defense enabled the Phillies to tack on two more runs in the sixth off reliever Joe Winkelsas.

Third baseman Koskie committed an error and first baseman Prince Fielder also mishandled a ball that was ruled a hit by Jimmy Rollins and loaded the bases. Chase Utley had a RBI single and Bobby Abreu drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-2.

Koskie’s two-run homer accounted for Milwaukee’s runs off Madson. It was his sixth homer of the season.

Geoff Geary, Rheal Cormier, Arthur Rhodes and Tom Gordon each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Phillies.

Madson hit a two-out, two-run double to tie the game in the fourth. It was Madson’s first major league extra-base hit and his first two RBIs.

Eveland surrendered four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Notes: Madson’s previous career high in strikeouts was six, set May 23 during his seven-plus innings of relief in a loss against the New York Mets. … Milwaukee’s five wins against Philadelphia was the club’s most since 1999. … Since the All-Star break last year, Howard has 36 homers, which ranks third behind St. Louis’ Albert Pujols and Atlanta’s Andruw Jones for most in the NL.

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