- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Chase Utley kept hitting for Philadelphia, matching Milwaukee’s team total with four. No one could bring him in.

Utley had four hits for the Phillies and drove in their only run in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday night.

“He looks as good as I’ve seen him. It’s nice to see,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “I think he’s feeling pretty good about himself and he just got that adrenaline flowing.”

Philadelphia went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and squandered a solid start by Adam Morgan (3-4) by stranding 10 runners.

While the Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in baseball since the All-Star break, they started the final series of this nine-game road trip with a thud.

Before the game, the scroll on the TV in the visitor’s clubhouse questioned if Utley could be effective with the swirl of trade talks surrounding him.

So far, so good.

Utley doubled in the third and followed it up with singles in the fifth and seventh before his RBI single in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to six since coming off the disabled list. It’s the first time he’s had four hits in a game since May 12, 2013, against Arizona.

“It’s good to see him healthy and jumping around like he is,” Mackanin said. “He’s feeling pretty good about himself. He’s hyped up.”

Morgan allowed just three Brewers to reach base over six innings, but all three scored. He also didn’t get any run support.

“Days like this happen,” he said. “Just looking forward to the next one.”

Peralta (3-7) had his best start this year, and Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 27th save in 27 tries this season.

Khris Davis added a solo home run for the Brewers in the second.


Jean Segura dashed home on a rare two-base sacrifice fly and Wily Peralta pitched seven scoreless innings for the Brewers.

“There’s so many ways to win ball games,” said Segura, who had never seen a play like he made previously in his career. “You can see that’s one of them.”

Segura’s scramble came after center fielder Odubel Herrera and right fielder Domonic Brown collided in the third inning. According to STATS, it was the first time a player had scored from second this season on a sacrifice fly and the first time a Brewer had made such a play since Fernando Vina did it on Aug. 24, 1997.

Segura singled in Hernan Perez and reached second on the throw home in the third to set up his wild dash. Jonathan Lucroy hit a fly ball to the warning track, where Herrera could be seen calling for it and made the catch before crashing into Brown.

Third base coach Ed Sedar didn’t hesitate sending Segura to the plate, and Freddy Galvis’ relay throw was just late to catcher Cameron Rupp.

“Odubel’s been fantastic this whole year and I really like him in center field. He caught the ball and there was just a little bit of a collision,” Mackanin said. “Maybe he needs to be a little more vocal.”


The Brewers placed RHP Michael Blazek on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his right hand. Manager Craig Counsell said the injury likely ends Blazek’s season. Blazek couldn’t pinpoint how he was hurt.


Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco tested his sore left wrist before Friday’s game, but remains day-to-day. Franco has been out since being hit by a pitch on Tuesday.

Brewers: Milwaukee called up David Goforth to replace Blazek. The rookie right-hander has made six relief appearances this season.


Phillies: RHP Jerome Williams (4-8, 5.73 ERA) will look to build on his consecutive strong starts. In his past two appearances, he has allowed two runs over 12 innings.

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (9-9, 3.65 ERA) starts for Milwaukee and looks to be the first pitcher on the staff to reach 10 wins.

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