Brewers-Phillies Preview

The Associated Press

The Milwaukee Brewers hadn't won back-to-back games in more than a month before visiting the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend.

They'll have to go through the red-hot Cliff Lee on Sunday, though, to earn their first-ever series sweep in the City of Brotherly Love.

Milwaukee (21-33) entered this set on six-game losing streak before earning an 8-5 victory Friday and a 4-3 win Saturday, marking its first consecutive victories since beating Pittsburgh on April 29 and 30.

Jonathan Lucroy, hitting .432 over his last 10 games, homered again Saturday after going 5 for 5 with two home runs Friday. Logan Schafer had three hits and is 6 for his last 9.

Saturday's win came with a bit of controversy, though, as Phillies' pinch-runner Kyle Kendrick was picked off second base despite shortstop Jean Segura tagging him without the ball for the second out of the inning.

''We got some breaks again today,'' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. ''This game is fun because you're always trying to figure it out. It's frustrating because you can't do anything about it. It really isn't fair.''

The Phillies (26-30) now are on the verge of losing a season worst-tying four straight.

''It's kind of how things have been going for us,'' manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Brewers last swept the Phillies from May 16-18, 2006, but they've never done so in Philadelphia. Accomplishing that feat against Lee may be difficult despite their past success against him.

Lee (6-2, 2.34 ERA) has pitched at least seven innings while going 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA over his last five starts. He tossed a three-hitter to beat Miami 3-0 on May 22 before striking out a season high-tying eight and allowing one run in eight innings of Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Boston.

The left-hander, though, hasn't pitched as well versus the Brewers, going 0-1 with a 5.08 ERA in five starts. He gave up career worst-tying four homers and 12 hits while allowing six runs over seven innings in Philadelphia's 7-6 win July 24, then gave up three more long balls - including two to Ryan Braun - and four runs in 7 2-3 innings of a 7-4 defeat the last time he faced them Aug. 16.

Braun is 8 for 16 with three solo homers lifetime off Lee, who also has surrendered three homers to Aramis Ramirez.

Lee looks to help get the Phillies back on track Sunday. They've lost five of seven despite three hits from rookie Cesar Hernandez on Saturday. Domonic Brown went 1 for 4 but is hitting .382 with seven homers and 12 RBIs over his last nine. He homered twice in the series opener.

Milwaukee will give Mike Fiers another start despite pitching poorly in his previous two.

Fiers (1-3, 5.66) gave up six runs in five innings of a 9-2 loss to Arizona on April 6, then allowed four runs and three homers in four innings of a 5-2 defeat to Pittsburgh on May 25.

The right-hander is 0-5 with an 8.56 ERA in six starts dating back to last season. Fiers gave up four runs and walked four in five innings of a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Aug. 18 in his only outing against them.

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