Questionable call helps Brewers edge Phils

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Milwaukee Brewers benefited from Wily Peralta's strong start, not to mention a favorable umpiring call in the ninth inning, to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Saturday afternoon, giving the Brewers back-to-back victories for the first time in more than a month.

Logan Schafer went 3 for 4 and Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third time in two days for Milwaukee, which had beaten the Phils 8-5 on Friday.

The Brewers had last won consecutive games on April 29-30, against Pittsburgh.

Peralta (4-6), who allowed two runs and eight hits in a season-high seven innings, ended his four-game losing streak. He struck out six and walked only one -- an intentional pass to Freddy Galvis in the fourth inning. Peralta matched his season lows for walks and runs allowed.

Originally scheduled to start Sunday, Peralta was flip-flopped in the rotation with Mike Fiers, who was moved back by manager Ron Roenicke because he worked three innings in relief on Tuesday.

Afterward, the discussion centered on a pickoff play at second base in the ninth with the Brewers clinging to the 4-3 lead. Pitcher Kyle Kendrick, inserted as a pinch runner after Jimmy Rollins singled as a pinch hitter, advanced to second on Ben Revere's sacrifice.

With Cesar Hernandez at the plate, Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez wheeled and fired to shortstop Juan Segura, who made a diving stop of the throw while covering second. Umpire Mike Estabrook ruled Kendrick out, even though television replays showed the ball trickled out of Segura's glove before he could pick it up off the ground with his bare hand.

Hernandez then doubled, and Rodriguez intentionally walked Domonic Brown. But Rodriguez retired Michael Martinez on a grounder to short to end the game.

Neither Roenicke nor Phillies manager Charlie Manuel could see the play from his dugout. Crew chief Tom Hallion said through a pool reporter that Estabrook was "in the right position to make a pickoff call like that."

But, Hallion added, "The ball comes free and rolls right in Segura's bare hand and he comes up shows him the ball."

"It's unfortunate," Hallion said, "but it's one of those plays that if any one of us -- any umpire -- had seen the loose ball, we certainly would have come in and helped Mike out with that. The problem was that I don't think anybody saw the ball."

That includes Kendrick, who didn't realize Segura had lost it until he watched a television replay immediately after leaving the field. Kendrick called the call "brutal" and added, "Even if he did catch the ball, I still feel like I was safe."

"We got the breaks again today," Roenicke said. "That's why this game -- it's fun because you can't figure it out, and it's a challenge. But it's frustrating because the breaks are so out of your control. ... The outcome is strange. It's not fair. It's not a fair game."

Rodriguez picked up his third save and second in as many days. He entered the game to start the ninth with the Brewers leading 4-2 and surrendered a leadoff homer to Galvis. Rollins followed with his single.

The Brewers scored twice in the second against Philadelphia starter Tyler Cloyd (1-2). Aramis Ramirez led off with a double and Lucroy singled him to third. Schafer then bounced an RBI single into right field, and Lucroy came home on an errant throw to third by Phillies outfielder Delmon Young.

The Phillies cut it to 2-1 when Kevin Frandsen drove in a run with a fielder's choice bouncer in the fourth. Segura tripled home a run in the fifth, but the Phils' Erik Kratz countered with an RBI single in the sixth.

Lucroy made it 4-2 with a solo homer off Philadelphia reliever Mike Adams in the eighth. It was the second straight day that Lucroy homered off Adams.

Lucroy, 5 for 5 in Friday's game, went 2 for 4 on Saturday.

| Cloyd worked seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits. He struck out three and walked one.

NOTES: According to Elias Sports Bureau, Brown, who finished May with 12 homers, became the first player in major-league history to hit 10 or more homers in one month and not draw a walk. ... Rollins did not start at shortstop for the Phillies because of a sore right foot. He fouled two balls off it in Friday's loss to Milwaukee and said after the game yjsy he hopes to play in the series finale on Sunday. ... Lucroy extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... Galvis had one hit in his previous 28 at-bats before homering in the ninth.
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