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Phillies hope to start new streak against Brewers
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies blew a chance to extend their season-high winning streak and will try to get back on track Saturday in the third portion of a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phillies had a 4-0 lead early on in Friday's 5-4 loss at Miller Park and Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez lifted the hosts to victory with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Erik Kratz hit a two-run homer, Delmon Young had two hits and an RBI and Jimmy Rollins drove in a run for the Phillies, whose five-game winning streak came to an end. On the bright side, the Phillies have scored at least four runs in each of the past six games.
Cliff Lee allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits while striking out nine over seven innings in the no-decision.
"(Lee) is one of the best in the business, and he has been for a while," Ramirez said. "Any time you come back against a guy like that, it boosts your confidence."
Jeremy Horst was saddled with the loss after allowing Ramirez's game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
The Phillies are 1-1 so far on a 10-game road trip and hope Kyle Kendrick can pitch them back into the win column Saturday. Kendrick has won back-to-back starts and went the distance in Monday's 7-2 win over Miami as he limited the Marlins to a pair of runs with five strikeouts and one walk. Kendrick is now 6-3 in 12 starts to go along with a 3.12 earned run average.
Kendrick has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies this season, especially with Roy Halladay on the disabled list and Cole Hamels struggling. The right- hander, though, hasn't had much success against Milwaukee in his career, going 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in seven games (4 starts).
Milwaukee won for just the fourth time in its last 14 tries on Friday and looks to carry that momentum into the third installment of this series.
Ramirez, Jean Segura, Yuniesky Betancourt and starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro were all credited with an RBI while Figaro did not factor in the outcome after 5 1/3 innings of work. He allowed four runs and seven hits before the bullpen used five relievers to keep Philly off the board.
"They've been great, man. Our bullpen has been unbelievable," Ramirez said. "The starters can be better, and they will (be), I think. They're better than what they've been so far. But the bullpen is unbelievable so far."
Francisco Rodriguez threw a scoreless ninth for the win.
The Brewers are 2-3 on a seven-game homestand and hope spot starter Tom Gorzelanny can even the residency when he toes the rubber. Gorzelanny will make his first start of the season because Milwaukee's rotation is banged up and has made 24 appearances out of the bullpen. He is 0-1 with a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 innings and has faced the Phillies 15 times (4 starts) in his career.
The left-hander and former starter is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA in this series.
Milwaukee won two of three at Philadelphia last weekend.
06/08 08:56:58 ET