Phillies win 9-1 to finish 4-game sweep of Brewers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — In back-to-back innings, Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no-hit bid and a shutout.

Soon enough, a frustrating afternoon at the plate for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into a laugher at Miller Park.

Rollins' two-out, two-run single in the eighth sparked a seven-run outburst that helped Philadelphia complete a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 9-1 win Thursday.

What a nice way for the last-place Phillies to head home after a 10-game road trip that had started 1-5.

"I feel a lot better about the last four games. That's something we can build on," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "To see the offense come alive for a four-game series against good pitching, I think it's a step in the right direction."

Rollins greeted reliever Will Smith in the eighth by singling to left to drive home two runs. After throwing 108 pitches, Garza (6-6) had just been pulled from the game to a standing ovation but could only watch helplessly from the dugout as his shutout evaporated.

"Baseball is a funny game. (Garza) goes from a no-hitter to getting a loss and we get no-hit and then win it," Rollins said.

The Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth and got RBI ground-rule doubles from Ryan Howard and Cody Asche. Philadelphia swept a four-game series for the first time since taking four in Cincinnati in 2011.

Now if Philadelphia can just carry over their winning streak back to Citizens Bank Park, where they are 18-27, maybe their fans will have something else to talk about this summer other than trade rumors.

"This series should help with that with some momentum," Sandberg said about the subpar play at home.

Rookie David Buchanan (5-5) struck out five in seven innings for the win, tossing one of his best games of the season in allowing just four hits. Carlos Gomez scored the Brewers' only run with a solo shot to left-center to lead off the sixth for a 1-0 lead with Garza' no-hit bid still intact.

It ended quickly after Rollins led off the seventh with a hard chopper past diving first baseman Mark Reynolds for a single into right.

What followed was a swift and startling change of fortunes for a team clinging to its lead in the NL Central despite having lost five straight and nine of 10.

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