PHILADELPHIA (AP) - One week after returning to his familiar role as closer, Francisco Rodriguez blew a big one.
K-Rod allowed four runs in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers lost their fourth straight game, 7-6 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.
``I didn't get it done,' Rodriguez said. ``It's really painful. Everything just fell apart. It's frustrating.'
The Brewers wasted a solid effort by Randy Wolf and a three-run homer by Carlos Gomez. Wolf gave up two runs and five hits in six innings against his former team. The lefty won 16 games and was an All-Star with Philadelphia in 2003.
``It's by far the most frustrating year of my career and both for the team and myself,' Wolf said. ``A lot of losses that were hard to swallow.'
The Phillies were 0-42 when trailing after eight innings before coming back against Rodriguez, who replaced John Axford as the closer last week.
Rodriguez (2-5) has blown five saves in eight tries this year. He has 294 career saves.
``He's always been a guy who made pitches when he had to,' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ``I'm not used to seeing him like this.'
With one out, Jimmy Rollins walked, Juan Pierre singled and Chase Utley walked to load the bases. Ryan Howard ripped an 0-2 pitch up the middle to drive in a pair and cut it to 6-5. Carlos Ruiz followed with a line-drive hit to left-center to tie it at 6. Hunter Pence walked to load the bases again.
Eric Kratz entered to run for Howard. Wigginton followed with a liner to left and Kratz scored easily ahead of Ryan Braun's off-target throw.
``I can't tell you how badly I feel,' Rodriguez said.
The Brewers battered two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay
Halladay allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his second start since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list.
Joe Savery (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. It was the first time in 18 tries that the Phillies won a game Savery appeared in.
Utley and Howard hit consecutive homers for the last-place Phillies.
Wolf, who once hit two homers in a game for the Phillies in 2004, helped himself with his bat in the fourth. He hit a two-out single up the middle. After Norichika Aoki singled, Gomez launched a towering drive that smacked high off the left-field foul pole to put Milwaukee up 6-2.
Braun's RBI single in the third put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Gomez singled, stole second and scored on the hit.
The Phillies quickly erased a 2-0 deficit in the first when Utley and Howard went deep. After Shane Victorino struck out trying to check his swing on a pitch that appeared to hit him, Utley connected.
Howard followed with a drive that landed in the flower bed just over the left-field fence. The ball bounced back onto the field and Howard stopped at second base. He was credited with a homer after the umpires saw on a video review the ball cleared the wall.
Victorino left the game with a bruised right elbow the following inning.
The Brewers jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on a RBI double by Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart's run-scoring single. Halladay could've escaped without allowing any runs, but right fielder Hunter Pence turned the wrong way on the two-out drive by Ramirez and the ball landed at the base of the fence.
NOTES: Braun is 6 for 13 off Halladay. ... Gomez had two stolen bases before getting thrown out trying to swipe second in the seventh. ... Wolf and the Brewers beat Halladay 9-0 in Philadelphia last April 19. ... Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) starts for the Brewers on Tuesday night after being skipped his last turn because of fatigue. Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) goes for the Phillies. Lee tries for just his second win in 17 starts.
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