PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cory Lidle returned to what works -- throwing
strikes, making batters put the ball in play early -- for his best
game of the season.
"I felt like the old me," Lidle said.
Lidle homered and threw a four-hitter for his second shutout of
the season, Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam and had a career-best five
RBI, and the Philadelphia Phillies extended the Milwaukee Brewers'
losing streak to 11 with a 10-0 victory Sunday.
Lidle worked more on his mechanics and his approach during
recent bullpen sessions with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan. The
results paid off with first-pitch strikes on 24 batters.
"Sometimes you just forget what made you successful," Lidle
Lidle (8-12) was terrific in his first win with the Phillies,
striking out a season-high nine, walking one and not allowing a
runner past second base in his fourth career shutout. The
right-hander was 0-2 with a no-decision since he was acquired from
Cincinnati on Aug. 9.
It was also Lidle's fourth complete game this season, tied for
second in the National League with Arizona's Randy Johnson.
Lidle kept Philadelphia's faint playoff hopes alive. The
Phillies moved six games behind Chicago in the NL wild-card race
with the Cubs' 10-3 loss to Houston.
"There's definitely a chance, but we have to play our best ball
the rest of the season," Lidle said.
General manager Ed Wade said Bowa's job is safe for at least the
rest of the season. Bowa said he was tired of discussing his
status, and took issue with a question about why Philadelphia
hasn't had more games like this.
"I know why -- all the injuries," he said. "You don't have to
be a rocket scientist. People don't want to look at it. Common
sense is all it is."
The Phillies had 16 hits, and Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu,
Placido Polanco and Byrd all had three each. Polanco added two
doubles and three runs for Philadelphia, which swept a three-game
series at Milwaukee last week and is 6-0 against the Brewers this
season. The Phillies have just six victories in their last 16
games, all against the Brewers.
Wes Obermueller (4-7) gave up 10 hits and four runs in five
innings for the Brewers. Milwaukee seemed listless and didn't have
a hit after the fifth.
"I just think they have to take a hard look at themselves and
realize they're better than this," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost
said. "It seemed like there was a lot of feeling sorry for
themselves out there. I won't stand for that. They have to say,
'I'm sick of this. I'm tired of this."
The Phillies led 6-0 in the seventh when Byrd hit his second
career grand slam off Pedro Liriano. Byrd went 3-for-4 to break out
of a 1-for-23 slump.
Byrd was the starting center fielder on opening day and
considered the center fielder of the future, but a .224 start
earned him a demotion to Triple-A Scranton on June 21. He was
recalled on July 31 and hasn't done any better, batting .224 since
he was recalled.
"It's been a long season for me, so that felt great," Byrd
said. "People say I'm slumping, but I've had three web gems
against me in three different series."
The Phillies led 1-0 in the third when Lidle hit first career
homer, a solo shot to left. He came in hitting only .130 this year
with two RBI and joined Randy Wolf (three) as Philadelphia
pitchers with homers.
"I knew I hit it good, but I didn't know if it was going to get
out of here," said Lidle, who added two sacrifice bunts.
Polanco doubled in the fourth and sixth, scoring each time.
Rollins made it 5-0 in the sixth on a two-out double.
The Phillies will call up RHP Gavin Floyd from Triple-A
Scranton this week. Floyd, considered one of their top prospects,
is tentatively scheduled to start Friday against the Mets. "We've
got to be careful with him. He's pitched a lot of innings," Bowa
said. ... Floyd would take Wolf's place after he strained his left
elbow in Saturday's start. Wolf will have an MRI on Monday. ... OF
Pat Burrell, on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with a strained left
wrist, will start a rehabilitation assignment Monday at Double-A
Reading. RHP Ryan Madson, on the DL since July 26 with a sprained
right little finger, will throw an inning at Reading. ... Byrd's
other grand slam was Aug. 27, 2003, against Montreal.