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."
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.<