Phillies unable to slow down Brewers in 6-2 loss

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The best news for the Phillies after Thursday night: the Milwaukee Brewers are departing Philadelphia.

Carlos Gomez had three hits with an RBI and the hot-hitting Brewers extended their winning to six games with a 6-2 victory over the Phillies.

The Brewers‘ wins have all come on the road during the streak. They came to Philadelphia following a three-game sweep at defending World Series champion Boston.

“The good news is they are leaving town,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Now we have to concentrate on gaining some momentum starting (Friday).”

They battered the Phillies with 25 runs and 38 hits in the three-game sweep. Milwaukee has batted .320 and has outscored opponents 42-18 during the streak.

“They’re a red-hot team right now,” Sandberg said. “They are hitting up and down the lineup offensively, and their pitching was very good in this series.”

The Phillies continued to have problems in all phases, particularly defensively where they committed their 10th error in nine games and made another costly miscue in the eighth inning that wasn’t scored an error.

And Philadelphia wasn’t able to keep up with Milwaukee’s run production.

“Offensively, we haven’t been able to come up with the big hit with men on base,” Sandberg said. “A hit here and there with men on just hasn’t happened in the last four games.”

While it’s early, the home-opening series showed why Philadelphia has been written off as an also-ran in the NL East this season. Yet, the Phillies aren’t in panic mode.

“I’m not panicking,” Ryan Howard, who went 0-for-2 to drop to .200, said prior to Thursday’s game. “If you guys want to panic, go ahead. Just don’t bring it over here.”

“No, it’s too early,” Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee said. “I’m not concerned. We just have to move on and turn it around starting tomorrow.”

Lee (2-1) struck out eight and walked none, but he also allowed eight hits that resulted in three runs in six innings. Lee has allowed 29 hits in three games.

“They’re a good hitting team and they showed it in the whole series,” Lee said. “They flat-out beat us.”

Marlon Byrd homered and had two RBIs for the Phillies, who lost their fourth straight.

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