Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 8/27)

Game 1: Friday, August 27
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Game 2: Saturday, August 28
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Game 3: Sunday, August 29
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Brewers 1

(55-71, 25-37 away)

Phillies 6

(63-65, 31-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 27, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: V. Padilla (5-6)

    L: V. Santos (10-9)

    Padilla wins for first time in three months

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins is still playing hard, even if Philadelphia's playoff hopes are slim.

    Rollins sparked a six-run fifth inning when he hustled to beat a throw to second base, and the Phillies sent Milwaukee to its ninth straight loss by beating the Brewers 6-1 Friday night.

    The disappointing Phillies are eight games behind Chicago in the NL wild-card race.

    "Time is running short for us, but we're not done yet," Rollins said.

    Vicente Padilla pitched seven shutout innings for his first win in more than three months for the Phillies, who snapped a seven-game home losing streak. They scored all their runs with two outs in the fifth, keyed by two-run singles from Bobby Abreu and David Bell.

    Rheal Cormier pitched a hitless eighth but Todd Jones gave up Geoff Jenkins' 20th homer in the ninth, spoiling the shutout bid.

    Philadelphia returned to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since a franchise-worst 1-9 homestand Aug. 9-19 against Colorado, San Francisco and Atlanta.

    Philadelphia broke the game open in the fifth, scoring six two-out runs off Victor Santos (10-9).

    Marlon Byrd made a key play when he beat out a potential double play, also helped by a hard takeout slide by Mike Lieberthal at second base.

    With two outs, Padilla and Rollins drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.

    Jason Michaels followed with a liner off the mound and the ball appeared to be slowed down. It was fielded by second baseman Trent Durrington, who flipped to shortstop Craig Counsell. The play was slow to develop and Rollins slid and clearly beat Counsell's force at the base.

    "I thought the ball was going into center field at first, when it didn't, I took the fastest route to the bag," said Rollins, who slid headfirst into second.

    Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa knew the importance of the play.

    "That was special, that play won the game for us," he said. "Jimmy has done that all year."

    The rally continued as Abreu followed with a two-run single to left for a 3-0 lead. After an intentional walk to Jim Thome, Bell singled home two more runs, chasing Santos.

    Jeff Bennett relieved and hit Placido Polanco with a pitch to load the bases again and walked Lieberthal to force in the sixth run.

    "Speed on the bases contributed to the big inning, but the walk to Padilla was the killer," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "It seems like every time we make a mistake it just kills us right now. We're just in a hole."

    Padilla (5-6) bounced back from one of his worst starts of the season, when he allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings against the Brewers on Aug. 21.

    This time, the right-hander held Milwaukee to five hits. He walked one and struck five.

    The effort was even more surprising since he had trouble warming up before the game.

    "He had trouble getting loose," Bowa said. "It wasn't discomfort, he just couldn't get warmed up. By the second or third inning, he said he felt good."

    Padilla, who was on the disabled list from May 30 to Aug. 9 with right triceps tendinitis, hadn't won since beating San Diego on May 23.

    Padilla, who declined to talk to reporters after the game, had his best velocity since the injury, with his fastball clocked at 95 mph in the sixth and seventh innings.

    Milwaukee had a chance to score in the fourth, but Padilla escaped a bases-loaded jam when he got Durrington to line out to right.

    Santos started strong, retiring his first 10 batters, but he lost for the sixth time in his last seven decisions. He allowed six runs, five hits and four walks.

    "He was lights out up until that (fifth inning), then everything went haywire," catcher Gary Bennett said.

    Game notes


    Thome celebrated his 34th birthday. ... Abreu got his 32nd stolen base in 35 attempts. ... Bell has 43 of his 61 RBI at home this season. ... Ben Grieve had two hits and is 4-for-6 lifetime against Padilla. ... Milwaukee's Pedro Liriano made his major league debut in the seventh, working a scoreless inning.

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