PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chris Narveson was nearly unhittable and the Milwaukee Brewers were 11 outs from sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies - and beating Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee on consecutive days.
Then came a fluke hit and a fly ball that kept on carrying out of the ballpark. So the Brewers settled for two out of three against the NL East-leading Phillies.
Shane Victorino hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Placido Polanco had a three-run shot and the Phillies beat the Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
``Narveson was unbelievable. He just lost his command a little in the sixth,' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
One night after beating Halladay, the Brewers took a 3-0 lead into the sixth against Lee and were trying to complete their first ever sweep in Philadelphia. But Polanco connected off Narveson to tie the game, and Victorino then hit a long drive to deep right-center off Brandon Kintzler (1-1) to put the Phillies up 4-3 in the eighth.
Ryan Madson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win, and Jose Contreras finished for his fourth save in four tries.
Second baseman Wilson Valdez helped Contreras by making an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch on a shallow looper to right by Carlos Gomez with one out in the ninth. Contreras then struck out Ryan Braun swinging on a 95 mph fastball to end it.
Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs and Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer for the Brewers, who tagged Lee for three runs - two earned - and eight hits in six innings. Lee had just one strikeout coming off a 12-strikeout shutout at Washington last Thursday.
Narveson didn't allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr. lined a double to left with two outs in the fifth. The lefty took a one-hitter into the sixth before the Phillies rallied. He left after giving up three runs and four hits in six innings.
``I located well, had good command for most of the game,' Narveson said. ``The thing we want to do is have quality starts and keep the team in the game.'
The Brewers won the series opener 6-3 in 12 innings, despite a blown save in the ninth by closer John Axford. They battered Halladay in a 9-0 win Wednesday night, becoming the first team to beat the NL East-leading Phillies in a series this season.
Valdez got the Phillies started with a walk in the sixth. One out later, Victorino singled through the second-base hole on a perfectly executed hit-and-run. That brought up Polanco, who fell behind 0-2 before launching a drive a couple rows deep into the left-field seats to tie it 3-3. The runs snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak for the Phillies.
``I didn't think he hit it that great when I turned around,' Narveson said. ``But it's Philadelphia, it's Citizens Bank Park.'
The Brewers became the first team to score a first-inning run against Philadelphia this season on Fielder's RBI infield single. Gomez hit a one-out single, advanced to third on Braun's single and scored on Fielder's grounder up the middle that Valdez knocked down.
Milwaukee added an unearned run in a goofy third inning.
Braun hit a two-out popup down the right-field line that Valdez dropped. Fielder then ripped a double to left-center, and Braun ran right through third-base coach Ed Sedar's stop sign and slid safely under a throw that beat him for a 2-0 lead.
Casey McGehee followed with a single to right but got caught rounding the bag to end the inning. Rickie Weeks also made a blunder that inning when he led off with a grounder down the first-base line that was a few feet foul off the bat, so he didn't run. The ball hit a cutout, rolled fair and Ryan Howard picked it up to record the out.
Lucroy lined a 1-1 cutter into the seats in left to make it 3-0 in the fourth.
Notes: Braun has reached safely in all 18 games this season. The team record to start a season is 23 by Hall of Famer Robin Yount in 1983. ... The Brewers are 15-32 in Philadelphia. ... Fielder already has five three-hit games.
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