Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 12
Game 2: Wednesday, August 13
Game 3: Thursday, August 14

Brewers 3

(47-73, 26-34 away)

Phillies 4

(66-54, 36-26 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 14, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: R. Wolf (12-7)

    L: W. Obermueller (0-4)

    S: M. Williams (26)


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With David Bell still on the mend, the Philadelphia Phillies may have found the right combination to replace him.

    Placido Polanco and Chase Utley made big contributions both offensively and defensively, and Mike Williams got his first save with the Phillies as Philadelphia beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Thursday.

    Polanco was making his first start of the year at third, and Utley was playing his first game since being recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Scranton. Both finished with three hits and an RBI, and they turned a double play in the eighth to snuff out a Milwaukee rally.

    "The double plays were big. They gave us the momentum back," said Utley, a first-round pick who is making his third stint with the Phillies.

    And then Williams finished it off. The closer walked two in the ninth before retiring Eric Young on a groundout to end the game. It was his 26th save of the season, but his first since being traded from Pittsburgh on July 20.

    The Phillies haven't had a save situation since Jose Mesa lost his closer's job Aug. 3.

    The victory, coupled with Florida's 6-4 loss to Los Angeles, gave Philadelphia control of the NL wild card race.

    The Brewers took the lead in the third with Young's 15th homer, a solo shot. But the Phillies came right back, led by Polanco and Utley.

    Polanco hit a solo homer -- his 12th of the year -- off Wes Obermueller (0-4), and Utley added an RBI single as Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead.

    Mike Liberthal added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-2.

    Then it was time for Utley and Polanco to shine defensively. After Keith Ginter and Geoff Jenkins led off the eighth with back-to-back singles, Phillies manager Larry Bowa brought in Turk Wendell to face Richie Sexson.

    Sexson hit a grounder and Polanco grabbed it, firing to second where Utley made a solid turn to complete the double play.

    "It wasn't an easy play but it worked out pretty smooth," Polanco said.

    Though Polanco split time at third and second after being traded from St. Louis last season, he's spent all of this season at second. Until Thursday, that is.

    "It was a little weird playing third for the first time this year," Polanco said. "It's a different angle and a longer throw, but the manager felt we had a better chance to win the game with me at third and that's all I worry about."

    Randy Wolf (12-7) got his first victory since July 23, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in five of the seven innings, but only one of those runners scored.

    "Randy didn't have his A-1 stuff but he pitched very well," Bowa said.

    Obermueller gave up four runs and 10 hits in just 3 2-3 innings. He's still looking for his first victory in six career starts, and has a 7.85 ERA.

    Still, Brewers manager Ned Yost hasn't lost confidence in the rookie.

    "I've been happy with Wes," Yost said. "He didn't get behind and he battled. He kept us in the game. He's a young kid who did a fairly good job tonight."

    Game notes

    Young extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Jimmy Rollins snapped a 1-for-18 slump with a single in the second inning for the Phillies. ... Ginter is batting .387 (12-for-31) during a career-high nine-game hitting streak.<

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