The surging Philadelphia Phillies haven’t had this much success at home in 50 years.
They’ll shoot for their season high-tying sixth straight win when they conclude a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies improved to 11-1 on their 13-game homestand with a 7-5 win Saturday. Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer and Bobby Abreu added a two-run shot for Philadelphia, which is enjoying its best stretch at home since going 14-2 at Connie Mack Stadium during the 1955 season.
The Phillies clinched their fifth straight series win Saturday, and can match a season high with their sixth straight victory Sunday. They also won six in a row to open their current homestand from May 31-June 5.
Philadelphia, a season-best seven games above .500, has won 14 of 16 overall to jump back into contention in the NL East. The Phillies trail first-place Washington by 1 1/2 games.
Burrell, coming off two disappointing seasons, is hitting .324 with 13 homers and leads the team with 54 RBIs. He is batting .400 (16-for-40) during a 10-game hitting streak with four homers and 12 RBIs.
Ugueth Urbina struck out two in the ninth for his first save with the Phillies, who embark on a six-game interleague road trip after Sunday’s series finale. Urbina, who was acquired in a trade with Detroit on Wednesday, bounced back from a rough debut where he gave up four runs in a 10-8 win over Texas on Thursday.
Cory Lidle also looks to rebound Sunday after suffering through his worst outing of the season. The 33-year-old right-hander was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in three innings, suffering his first loss since May 11 in a 10-8 defeat to Arizona on Monday.
“They hit some balls that had some eyes,” said Lidle, who had won five of his previous six decisions.
“I had some games where everything goes my way and this one it seemed like nothing went my way. The line doesn’t reflect on how I felt out there. I’m going to try to take a positive out of this. That’s what happens.”