Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, May 16
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 17
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Game 3: Thursday, May 18
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Phillies 4

(22-18, 10-7 away)

Brewers 5

(22-19, 16-7 home)

1:05 PM ET, May 18, 2006

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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W: J. Lehr (2-1)

L: R. Madson (4-2)

S: D. Turnbow (13)

Hamels denied first MLB win by Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- At this point, the Milwaukee Brewers simply expect to erase big deficits in the late innings.

And this time, they weren't bailing out their bullpen.

Geoff Jenkins provided late-inning fireworks for the second night in a row, slapping a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh inning as the Brewers rallied past Philadelphia 5-4 and completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies.

Jenkins, whose two-out RBI single in the ninth inning gave Milwaukee its third straight victory in its final at-bat on Wednesday, said the string of comebacks after blown leads are a sign of improvement for the young Brewers.

"I think in the past, we didn't have that," Jenkins said. "We just have a little more talent."

The Brewers' latest comeback began with reserve catcher Chad Moeller's two-run homer in the seventh, off Phillies rookie Cole Hamels. Until that point, Hamels and the Phillies appeared to have Milwaukee covered.

But right now, the Brewers don't believe any opponent's lead is safe.

"That's what happens after you do it a couple of times: You expect it," Moeller said.

With the sweep, the Brewers brought baseball's hottest team to a screeching halt.

"Guys right now, they don't panic," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't matter they know that we can put a streak together."

Philadelphia had won 13 of its previous 14 coming into the series.

"They're hot right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They stay with you, and things are going their way."

Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow -- who took a loss on Saturday, blew his first save of the season on Sunday and was pulled out of Wednesday's game after giving up three runs -- pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 13th save.

"It's always huge to get right back out there as soon as possible, and hopefully be successful," Turnbow said.

Turnbow realizes Yost might have him on a shorter leash these days, but understands it won't be an issue if he keeps the late-inning drama to a minimum.

"If I'm out there not getting the job done and making things interesting, he's got to do what's best for the team," Turnbow said.

Yost said he didn't hesitate to call on Turnbow, despite his recent shaky outings and heavy workload.

"I don't think his confidence was gone, to be honest with you," Yost said. "It's just one of those situations."

The Phillies squandered a strong outing by Hamels, who allowed four runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Making his second career start -- he allowed one hit in five innings in his debut -- the 22-year-old retired the first five batters he faced and allowed only two hits in the first five innings. His only major mistake came to Moeller.

"Near the end, the thing that really killed me was not getting ahead of hitters," Hamel said. "You can battle through three, four, five innings of not doing that, but near the end, it's really going to bite you."

Hamels walked the next batter, pinch-hitter Gabe Gross, and was lifted for reliever Ryan Madson.

Madson struck out Rickie Weeks, but Jeff Cirillo singled and Jenkins drove Cirillo and Gross home with a double. Madson (4-2) took the loss.

"We had them on the ropes and we let them get away," Manuel said. "We didn't knock in our easy runs. We had a chance to bust the game open."

Hamels pitched his way out of a jam in the second inning. He gave up a single to Bill Hall, then loaded the bases with two straight walks. But Hamels got Brewers pitcher Dana Eveland to ground into a fielder's choice at second base to end the inning. Hamels then retired the next six batters he faced.

Hamels allowed two runners to start the fifth inning, but got pinch-hitter Corey Hart to ground into a double play.

Eveland, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville after Brewers ace Ben Sheets went on the disabled list, gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. Three of those runs came in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Pat Burrell.

After that -- and a pep talk from Yost, who told him to trust himself -- Eveland settled down.

"Sometimes, I feel like I need that -- need somebody to get in my face," Eveland said.

Justin Lehr (2-1) earned the victory in relief.

Game notes


Weeks committed his league-leading 14th error in the sixth inning. ... Thursday's attendance was 27,419.

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