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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—After two subpar seasons, Pat Burrell has regained his slugging stroke.

Burrell’s three-run homer in the seventh inning led the surging Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Burrell is hitting .324 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs.

“I was just being aggressive, looking for something out over the plate,” Burrell said.

Bobby Abreu added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have won 14 of 16 and are a season-best seven games over .500 (35-28).

Wes Helms hit a two-run homer and J.J. Hardy had a solo shot for Milwaukee, which has lost 10 of 14.

Rheal Cormier (2-1) got the final out in the seventh, leaving two runners on. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect eighth and Ugueth Urbina struck out two in the ninth for his first save with the Phillies.

Urbina came to Philadelphia in a trade that sent infielder Placido Polanco to Detroit on Wednesday. The right-hander had a rough debut, allowing four runs while retiring just one batter in a 10-8 victory over Texas on Thursday night.

“Everybody has a bad day,” Urbina said. “I’m used to those situations. I’ve been saving games my whole career. I know what to do.”

Jason Michaels singled to start Philadelphia’s seventh against former Phillies closer Ricky Bottalico (0-1). Abreu also singled and Burrell followed with a drive deep into the left-field seats, giving the Phillies a 7-5 lead.

“I made a bad pitch and he hit it out,” Bottalico said. “I didn’t even turn around.”

Phillies starter Randy Wolf allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, and left with a chance to win his sixth straight decision. But the Brewers scored two runs in the seventh off Geoff Geary, who made a rare appearance with the Phillies ahead.

Wolf has elbow pain and won’t travel with the team to Seattle on Monday. His status is uncertain.

“Any time there’s something not right, you’re concerned,” said Wolf, who missed time last year with an elbow injury.

Brewers starter Doug Davis gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, extending his unbeaten streak to nine starts.

After Mike Lieberthal’s RBI double in the sixth gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead, the Brewers went ahead on RBI singles by Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall. Geary only once before entered a game with the Phillies leading this season.

“I thought it was an ideal spot for him. He had been pitching good,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Jim Thome’s two-out RBI single in the third scored Burrell, who had doubled, to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Hardy’s first career homer, a two-out drive deep into the left-field seats, tied it at 3 in the fourth.

Abreu made it 2-0 in the first with his 16th homer, a long shot that hit high off the brick wall that stands behind the shrubs in center field.

Helms tied it at 2 with an opposite-field shot in the second, hitting the 11th pitch of his at-bat into the right-center field seats for his second homer.

“They’re hot,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “Burrell didn’t hit it good, but good enough to get out.”


: The Phillies’ 11-1 record during their 13-game homestand that concludes Sunday is their best stretch at home since going 14-2 in 1955. … Fans watching the Belmont Stakes on the large video screen before the game roared when local favorite Afleet Alex streaked past his rivals to win his second Triple Crown race. … The left-handed hitting Abreu has three homers in 12 at-bats against the left-handed Davis. … Weeks, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, got his first career RBI. … Anthony Federov, one of 12 finalists on “American Idol” and a native of Trevose, Pa., sang the national anthem.

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