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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Brewers Lose 2-8



Jon Lieber pitched the way the Philadelphia Phillies desperately need him to if they expect to make a serious playoff push.

The veteran right-hander allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven innings, and Jimmy Rollins homered among his three hits and scored three runs in the Phillies' 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Chase Utley drove in three runs and Todd Pratt homered for the Phillies, who have won three of four and moved within 1½ games of Houston in the NL wild-card race.

Russell Branyan homered for Milwaukee, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Lieber (10-10) walked only one and allowed seven hits.

"Lieber threw good, 109 pitches is the farthest he's gone in a while and it's something we needed from him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

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