Utley, Abreu, Michaels drive in all four runs with homers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Who says the Philadelphia Phillies can't hit the long ball?

The Phillies rode an unexpected power surge to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night when Chase Utley homered twice and Jason Michaels and Bobby Abreu also went deep.

All four homers traveled at least 418 feet in the still air at Miller Park, where the roof and outfield panels were closed because of rain.

Victor Santos (1-2), who allowed just two homers in 34 1/3 innings coming in, picked up where his teammates left off against the Mets and allowed three homers. The Brewers have allowed 13 home runs in their last four games.

"Home runs are part of the game," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "You just don't want to give them up in great measure, that's for sure."

Santos, though, gave up a 423-foot shot to Michaels, a 435-foot homer to Utley and a 422-footer to Abreu, all on off-speed pitches. Utley's second homer came off Derrick Turnbow's fastball in the ninth and traveled 418 feet.

Other than the long ball, the Phillies didn't do much against Santos, who allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.

"It's not frustrating," Santos said. "I'll throw seven innings, give up three solo jacks. I'll take that every time. It's still seven innings, three runs. It doesn't matter how they got
them. It's still only three runs."

But the Brewers, without the services of Lyle Overbay
(hamstring), couldn't keep up.

Randy Wolf (2-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, snapping a personal three-game losing streak and winning on the road for the first time since July 17, 2004, at Shea

Philadelphia had just 24 homers coming into the game, tied for 13th in the NL and 27th in the majors, but Wolf got all the support he needed from three mighty swings.

"Of course we've got power," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It's going to come out over the course of a season."

Michaels, who entered with a .370 career batting average against the Brewers, gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the third when he sent a full-count pitch to the gap in left for his first homer of the season. Utley, who came in with a .391 batting average against Milwaukee, made it 2-0 in the fourth with his fifth homer.

Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-run homer off Wolf after Geoff Jenkins was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth. Lee's homer traveled 420 feet.

Wolf escaped an even bigger inning when J.J. Hardy's two-out drive bounced over the center field wall for a ground-rule double, sending Junior Spivey back to third base, where he was stranded when Santos struck out.

Abreu quickly restored Philadelphia's lead when he led off the sixth with his fifth homer, a line-drive shot off Santos that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead and their second three-homer game of the season.

Utley's shot in the ninth gave Philadelphia its first four-homer game of the year and Utley the first multihomer game of his career.

"There are certainly places where you do feel pretty good," Utley said. "Here at night, with the dome closed, you can see the ball pretty well. Hit here in the daytime, with the dome open, it's tough."

Ryan Madson pitched the eighth and Billy Wagner the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Madson got into trouble when Jenkins singled and Lee doubled with one out. Damian Miller was walked intentionally to load the bases and Spivey struck out.

The Brewers sent up Overbay to pinch-hit, but when the Phillies countered with left-handed reliever Rheal Cormier, Milwaukee sent up Chris Magruder instead. Batting from the right side for just the fourth time this season, Magruder grounded into a fielder's choice.

Wagner's 1-2-3 ninth gave the suddenly power-stoked Phillies their seventh straight win over Milwaukee.

"If you give up a homer, make sure it's a solo shot," Jenkins said. "But that was enough for them tonight."

Game notes
Yost said Overbay's hamstring injury wasn't a strain or a pull but the team felt a day off would prevent it from escalating into an injury that would sideline its hottest hitter. ... Phillies
first baseman Jim Thome got a second opinion on his lower back strain on Monday and the Phillies said he's still expected to be out until about May 21.