May 17, 2006

Phillies bow to Brewers after Franklin error

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Milwaukee's Bill Hall capitalised on
an error by Philadelphia pitcher Ryan Franklin to score the
game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Brewers
a 3-2 win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Damian Miller bunted down the third base side of the mound
and Franklin fielded but threw wildly to David Bell at third,
allowing Hall to scamper home for the winning run.

The come from behind win was the Brewers' 13th of the
season, with 12 of those comeback victories coming at home.

Milwaukee (20-19) moved back over the .500 mark with the
win, while the Phillies lost for just the second time in the
last 15 games and stay second in the NL East behind the New
York Mets.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told reporters he was not
going to get dejected over a loss this early in the season.

"What it boils down to is that we had a couple of chances
to win the game late and we didn't do it," Manuel said.

"They executed by bunting the ball, we threw it away and
they won the game. There is no sense is us getting down."

Chris Capuano pitched seven strong innings for the Brewers,
allowing two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and a walk,
but left with the score tied 2-2.

Brian Shouse pitched a scoreless eighth and Derrick Turnbow
(1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, despite allowing a
two-out triple by Shane Victorino.

Geoff Jenkins had two hits and drove in a run for the
Brewers, who had eight hits. Carlos Lee drove in the other
Milwaukee run.

Victorino had two of the Phillies' seven hits while Ryan
Howard drove in the other Philadelphia run.


Starter Cory Lidle also pitched well for the Phillies,
allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two
walks over six innings.

Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless seventh before Franklin
(1-3) came on and took the loss, allowing one unearned run on
three hits in one inning.

In Houston, Omar Vizquel drove in four runs and Pedro Feliz
homered, had three hits and scored three runs as the Astros
beat the San Francisco Giants 14-3.

Mike Matheny had three hits and two RBI for the Giants and
Barry Bonds went 2-for-4 but again did not hit a home run for
the eighth straight game, leaving him stuck at 713, one behind
Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time list.

Houston pitcher Russ Springer and manager Phil Garner were
ejected after Springer hit Bonds with a pitch in the fifth
inning, throwing four consecutive pitches inside to the Giants
slugger after throwing the first pitch behind him.

The fifth pitch from Springer hit Bonds on the shoulder
after umpire Joe West warned him, leading to an immediate

Bonds was not hurt but will likely get a day off on
Wednesday when the teams conclude their three-game series.

Jamey Wright (4-3) finally beat the Giants after entering
the game 0-12 lifetime against them. He went seven innings,
allowing three runs on seven hits six strikeouts and two walks.

Morgan Ensberg hit a two-run homer for Houston. Wandy
Rodriguez (5-2) allowed 11 runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits in
3 2/3 innings to take the loss.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Toronto)