Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 8/21)

Game 1: Friday, August 20
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Game 2: Saturday, August 21
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Game 3: Sunday, August 22
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Phillies 8

(61-62, 31-29 away)

Brewers 6

(55-66, 30-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 21, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: G. Geary (1-0)

    L: L. Vizcaino (4-3)

    S: T. Worrell (15)

    Utley drives in three in six-run eighth

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chase Utley relishes pressure situations, and he came through again for the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

    Utley's bases-loaded triple keyed a six-run eighth inning, and the Phillies rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6.

    "That's the situation you want to be in, up with runners on base," said Utley, who has 13 RBI in his last 15 games and has knocked in 49 in just 208 at-bats this season. "I've been fortunate to be in a lot of those situations this year."

    The Phillies were trailing 6-4 with two outs and runners on second and third when the Brewers intentionally walked Jim Thome to load the bases.

    That brought up the left-handed hitting Utley, but the Brewers have no left-handed relievers and kept right-hander Luis Vizcaino (4-3) in the game. Utley responded by hitting a 1-2 pitch into the right-center field gap for his second triple of the year, giving the Phillies a 7-6 lead.

    "Utley has been an RBI machine and he came up big," Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said.

    Milwaukee has lost four consecutive games and is 10-25 since the All-Star break.

    "This will not be tolerated," said Brewers' manager Ned Yost, upset about the team's poor play.

    "We came too far to let it go down the drain," said Yost, ejected in the ninth inning for arguing a called third strike on Brady Clark.

    The Phillies struggled at the plate in key situations during the first five innings off Milwaukee starter Wes Obermueller. Philadelphia left nine runners on base and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

    After getting into Milwaukee's bullpen in the sixth, the Phillies went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

    "We got some good at-bats and got some clutch hits," Bowa said.

    Geoff Geary (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless seventh to earn his first major-league decision. Tim Worrell pitched the ninth to earn his 15th save in 21 chances as Philadelphia won for the second straight night following a seven-game losing streak at home.

    Vizcaino entered with two runners on base and Milwaukee leading 6-3 in the eighth, but allowed both runners to score. He then gave up three runs of his own on three hits and a walk.

    After replacing Travis Phelps, Vizcaino got Jimmy Rollins to fly out. But Jason Michaels doubled to make it 6-4. Bobby Abreu also flied out before Thome was walked intentionally and Utley got the key triple.

    "Got two strikes on Utley and he threw a fastball right down the middle," said Yost, who wanted Vizcaino to throw a split-fingered pitch. "That was not the pitch."

    David Bell followed with an RBI single.

    Philadelphia starter Vicente Padilla gave up six runs, seven hits and two walks in his third start since returning from tendinitis in his arm that kept him out for several months. He struck out five in five innings.

    With the score tied at 1, Milwaukee hit three doubles and scored five runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.

    Pinch-hitter Chris Magruder doubled in Ben Grieve to make it 2-1. Scott Podsednik was intentionally walked to load the bases and Bill Hall's grounder forced Bennett at the plate for the second out. Lyle Overbay then hit his NL-leading 41st double, scoring all three runners for a 5-1 lead. Russell Branyan followed with a run-scoring double.

    Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the third when Obermueller doubled in Craig Counsell. Philadelphia tied it in the fifth on Bell's run-scoring, two-base hit.

    Utley also had an RBI single in the seventh.

    Game notes


    The comeback matched a season high for the Phillies, who trailed Atlanta 6-1 on July 9 and came back to win 7-6. ... The Phillies have won the first two games of the road trip after going 1-9 on their homestand. ... Bell's RBI double snapped an 11 2-3 inning scoreless streak for Obermueller. ... When home plate umpire Paul Nauert ejected Yost, it was the second time the Brewers manager had been chased this season.

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