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Hernandez cruises, Phillies beat Brewers 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 10:24 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley homered to support Roberto Hernandez's solid start, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night for their third straight win over the NL Central leaders.

Hernandez (4-8) needed just 84 pitches in eight innings to dispatch the aggressive Brewers, who have lost four straight and eight of nine. Hernandez allowed three hits, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

Veterans Rollins and Utley homered off Kyle Lohse (9-4), who at one point retired 13 straight batters after Utley's first-inning solo shot.

But Lohse gave up a leadoff single to Cameron Rupp in the sixth before Rollins hit a 2-1 hanging curve with two outs over the wall in right field for a two-run lead. Rollins snapped an 0-for-20 slide at the plate.

One night after the teams combined for 16 runs and 23 hits in a Philadelphia victory, Hernandez and Lohse matched up in a pitchers' duel for much of a cool but picture-perfect summer evening.

The Brewers scratched out a run in the second on Lyle Overbay's hard single up the middle. Aramis Ramirez had a poor jump after freezing at second to make sure the ball wasn't caught but center fielder Ben Revere's throw home was offline to allow Ramirez to score and tie the game at 1.

Otherwise, Hernandez took advantage of the first-pitch swinging Brewers and got nine groundball outs in the first seven innings, including Jean Segura's chopper to short with a runner on third to end the fifth. Hernandez didn't allow a hit after the fourth.

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