Milwaukee stays alive

MILWAUKEE --- J.J. Hardy and the Milwaukee Brewers did just enough to keep their postseason alive for another day.


Back home at Miller Park, the Brewers got three hits from Hardy and a sharp outing from Dave Bush to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Saturday night and stave off elimination in the National League Division Series.

Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun each had a sacrifice fly for Milwaukee, making its first trip to the postseason since 1982. Hardy and Jason Kendall added RBI singles.

After CC Sabathia and Yovani Gallardo flopped in Philly, Bush allowed one run in 5Q innings to help send the best-of-five series to a fourth game today.

Three relievers stymied the Phillies before Salomon Torres worked a rocky ninth inning for the save. Philadelphia loaded the bases with no outs and Pedro Feliz hit a double-play grounder to shortstop that appeared to drive in Ryan Howard.

But Shane Victorino, who hit a grand slam off Sabathia in Game 2, was called for interference when he didn't slide into second. The runners were sent back to second and third, and Carlos Ruiz tapped back to Torres to end the game.

Jeff Suppan will start for Milwaukee today. The Phillies did not announce a Game 4 starter but are expected to send Joe Blanton to the mound.

The Brewers managed just three runs and seven hits as the Phillies won the first two games. But Milwaukee showed patience at the plate in Game 3 that was noticeably lacking in Philadelphia.

Free-swingers Mike Cameron and Bill Hall walked with no outs in the first against Jamie Moyer, known for his control. Both moved up on a wild pitch before Fielder's sacrifice fly to right with one out.

Hardy followed with a run-scoring single for a 2-0 lead.


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