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,"
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
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
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.
"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
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
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.
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.