Brewers 3, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With the way Philadelphia rallied to win in the late innings twice earlier in the series, no wonder some thought Pat Burrell's deep drive was going to tie this one in the ninth.
"I thought it was a home run," Francisco Cordero said. "He hit it pretty good."
Not good enough.
Burrell got a double after his potential tying shot bounced off the top of the left-field wall and Cordero closed out the win, leading the Brewers over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Thursday and stopping Milwaukee's four-game losing streak.
"It was a nice way to get out of here," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
The NL Central-leading Brewers won 10 of 11 before going on the road and lost five of seven away from home. They play an interleague series at home against Minnesota starting Friday.
"You don't want to give four away," Sheets said. "For a 2-5 road trip, we didn't play that bad. We're going home and I think we need to take a series there and get back on the right track."
Sheets (4-2), with a fastball popping in the mid-90s, combined with Cordero on a six-hitter and Gross added some surprising power from the No. 7 spot in the order, helping prevent the Phillies (20-21) from moving over .500 for the first time this season.
Freddy Garcia (1-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, and the big hits that carried the Phillies back to .500 after a 4-11 start were silenced. Philadelphia lost for the second time in eight games.
Not even some late dramatics could bail them out again.
In the series opener, the Phillies rallied for six runs in the eighth inning, and then they won the next night on Carlos Ruiz's homer in the ninth. It looked like they might do it again when Burrell's drive came only inches from clearing the fence.
"I was just hoping it would get down," Yost said. "I was just happy it stayed in the park."
Added Cordero: "As it hit the wall and bounced back, I knew I could get the win."
Sheets gave up only three hits, including Burrell's solo homer, through seven innings and five hits in all. He ran into trouble in the eighth and left after Shane Victorino's RBI single made it 3-2 and put runners on the corners for Cordero.
Cordero struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the threat and finished to remain perfect in 16 save chances.
Victorino said Sheets baffled the Phillies.
"He seems like he's hittable because his ball is so straight," Victorino said. "But he's not. You see the ball, but you can't put a swing on it."
Usually a pinch-hitter, Gross was making only his 10th start of the season and was hitting a paltry .167 with one homer. He had six hits all year and entered on an 0-for-14 skid.
Gross homered to tie the score in the third and put Milwaukee ahead 2-1 in the fifth with his second homer of the game.
"Those were two big home runs," Yost said.
Milwaukee had a chance to bust open the game later in the fifth with runners on second and third and one out. But Garcia, who's shown only glimpses of pitching like the two-time All-Star he was in Chicago, struck out Tony Gwynn Jr. and got Craig Counsell to fly out.
Burrell hit a one-out solo home in the second to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
That was about the only excitement for Phillies fans until a streaker hopped the outfield fence and dashed onto the field entering the top of the seventh. The man was eventually dragged down by security on the infield dirt while the crowd of 31,553 went wild like the Phillies were rallying for the winning runs.
"I was just real blushed," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel chuckled. "I wasn't trying to look."
Rollins made an outstanding leaping catch into the left field grass to rob Johnny Estrada of a hit in the second inning. ... Victorino has 13 straight stolen bases without being caught. ... Phillies starters had gone 11 straight starts of pitching at least six innings.