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Thornburg gets career win #1, Brewers beat Phillies 4-3

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For his troubles, he was optioned out after the game.

Mike McGinnis

W: Tyler Thornburg (1-0)
L: Kyle Kendrick (6-4)
S: Francisco Rodriguez (4)

HR: Jean Segura (9), Domonic Brown (19)

MVP: Francisco Rodriguez (+.176 WPA)
LVP: Juan Francisco (-.138)

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An improbable weekend continued tonight as the Brewers beat the Phillies for the second straight day. Last night they picked up a walkoff win after an Alfredo Figaro start against Cliff Lee, and tonight Tom Gorzelanny and four relievers beat Kyle Kendrick, another very successful starter.

Gorzelanny did his part, allowing just one run (a solo home run for NL homer leader Domonic Brown) on five hits over four innings, walking none and striking out three. He threw 58 pitches in the game, easily the most he's thrown in an outing this season. Given tonight's results, he may be a candidate to make another turn or two in the rotation.

The Brewer offense picked him up a bit, getting a single run in the third on Jean Segura's solo home run and two more in the sixth on four straight hits to take the lead. The Phillies got two back in the eighth on Domonic Brown's double, but the bullpen held on for a 4-3 win.

The first reliever to the mound tonight was Tyler Thornburg, who pitched two scoreless innings for his first major league win and was optioned to Nashville following the game. He was followed to the mound by John Axford, who pitched his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. Francisco Rodriguez retired the side in order for his fourth save, the 298th of his career.

Speaking of Axford, he's the first Brewer pitcher since Jose Veras last September to make 14 consecutive appearances without allowing a run.

The Brewers have already clinched a split of this four-game series but they'll look for the win tomorrow when Kyle Lohse takes on Jonathan Pettibone at 1:10.