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Burrell homer lifts rising Phillies over Brewers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After two subpar seasons, Pat Burrell has
regained his slugging stroke.

Burrell's three-run homer in the seventh inning led the surging
Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers
on Saturday night.

Burrell is hitting .324 with 13 homers and 54 RBI.

"I was just being aggressive, looking for something out over
the plate," Burrell said.

Bobby Abreu added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have won
14 of 16 and are a season-best seven games over .500 (35-28).

Wes Helms hit a two-run homer and J.J. Hardy had a solo shot for
Milwaukee, which has lost 10 of 14.

Rheal Cormier (2-1) got the final out in the seventh, leaving
two runners on. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect eighth and Ugueth
Urbina struck out two in the ninth for his first save with the
Phillies.

Urbina came to Philadelphia in a trade that sent infielder
Placido Polanco to Detroit on Wednesday. The right-hander had a
rough debut, allowing four runs while retiring just one batter in a
10-8 victory over Texas on Thursday night.

"Everybody has a bad day," Urbina said. "I'm used to those
situations. I've been saving games my whole career. I know what to
do."

Jason Michaels singled to start Philadelphia's seventh against
former Phillies closer Ricky Bottalico (0-1). Abreu also singled
and Burrell followed with a drive deep into the left-field seats,
giving the Phillies a 7-5 lead.

"I made a bad pitch and he hit it out," Bottalico said. "I
didn't even turn around."

Phillies starter Randy Wolf allowed three runs and five hits in
six innings, and left with a chance to win his sixth straight
decision. But the Brewers scored two runs in the seventh off Geoff
Geary, who made a rare appearance with the Phillies ahead.

Wolf has elbow pain and won't travel with the team to Seattle on
Monday. His status is uncertain.

"Any time there's something not right, you're concerned," said
Wolf, who missed time last year with an elbow injury.

Brewers starter Doug Davis gave up four runs and eight hits in 5
1/3 innings, extending his unbeaten streak to nine starts.

After Mike Lieberthal's RBI double in the sixth gave the
Phillies a 4-3 lead, the Brewers went ahead on RBI singles by
Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall. Geary only once before entered a game
with the Phillies leading this season.

"I thought it was an ideal spot for him. He had been pitching
good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Jim Thome's two-out RBI single in the third scored Burrell, who
had doubled, to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Hardy's first career
homer, a two-out drive deep into the left-field seats, tied it at 3
in the fourth.

Abreu made it 2-0 in the first with his 16th homer, a long shot
that hit high off the brick wall that stands behind the shrubs in
center field.

Helms tied it at 2 with an opposite-field shot in the second,
hitting the 11th pitch of his at-bat into the right-center field
seats for his second homer.

"They're hot," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Burrell didn't
hit it good, but good enough to get out."<

Game notes
The Phillies' 11-1 record during their 13-game homestand
that concludes Sunday is their best stretch at home since going
14-2 in 1955. ... Fans watching the Belmont Stakes on the large
video screen before the game roared when local favorite Afleet Alex
streaked past his rivals to win his second Triple Crown race. ...
The left-handed hitting Abreu has three homers in 12 at-bats
against the left-handed Davis. ... Weeks, the second overall pick
in the 2003 draft, got his first career RBI. ... Anthony Federov,
one of 12 finalists on "American Idol" and a native of Trevose,
Pa., sang the national anthem.