PHILADELPHIA (AP)—David Bell cracked a smile only when he reached home plate. Then he braced himself for a celebratory mugging from his teammates.
“I was just trying to hit it hard and get a base hit,” Bell said. “I hit it off the good part of the bat. When you get it up in the air here, it has a good chance to go out.”
Jim Thome added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have won 13 of 15 and are a season-best six games over .500 (34-28).
Jeff Cirillo homered for Milwaukee, which has lost nine of 13.
“When things are going your way, everything works out,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
“It was a fastball to Bell that was supposed to be away and it was right down the middle,” Wise said.
Myers allowed two runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked none in his best outing in three starts. The right-hander kept his ERA at 2.24 while going at least seven innings for the eighth time in 13 starts.
Myers struck out the side in the eighth after Manuel let him bat with two outs in the seventh.
“I still felt strong,” Myers said. “It feels good to know your manager has that confidence in you.”
Brewers starter Victor Santos gave up two runs and three hits in six innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in six consecutive outings and 10 of his 12 starts. But the hard-luck right-hander is just 2-5 despite a 2.74 ERA.
“Santos did a great job. Just one pitch to Thome got away from him,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
Pat Burrell started Philadelphia’s fourth with a single off the left-field wall, and Thome followed with a shot into the right-center field seats to tie it at 2. Thome, who has struggled all season, connected for the second straight game and has five homers this season.
“His swing is starting to get there,” Manuel said. “He made some adjustments.”
Cirillo hit his third homer into the left-field seats to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first.
Lyle Overbay singled to start the fourth and Carlos Lee poked a hit-and-run single into an open hole at shortstop to put runners at first and third. Overbay scored on Bill Hall’s fielder’s choice grounder back to the mound to make it 2-0.
Milwaukee optioned OF Dave Krynzel to Triple-A Nashville after the game. … RF Bobby Abreu is the only player to start every game for the Phillies. … The Brewers have lost six straight in Philadelphia. Their last win was Aug. 12, 2003, at Veterans Stadium. … Thome is 7-for-12 with three homers and seven RBIs against Santos. … CF Brady Clark, who leads the Brewers with a .329 average, sat out for the first time this season. … Bell’s only other walkoff homer came against Minnesota in 1999 when he played for Seattle.