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Looper pitches well as Brewers stop Phillies

MILWAUKEE Brewers starting pitcher Braden Looper shut down the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies over six innings to lead his team to a 3-1 victory on Wednesday.

Looper gave up just five hits in six scoreless innings for the Brewers (5-9), who lost to the Phillies in last year's National League divisional playoffs.

"I just know that every time I go out there, I want to pitch well," Looper (2-0) told reporters. "It's unfortunate that we've gotten off to a slow start, but we're working hard and everyone is trying. We'll be alright."

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had been batting .125 before Wednesday's game, powered the Brewers' offense with a 2-for-3 performance that included a solo home run, while Mike Cameron added a two-run double in the fifth inning.

"We just have to continue to find ways to be productive and give ourselves a chance," Cameron said. "(Looper) was big. We definitely needed that today."

The Phillies (6-7) attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth when Jayson Werth smashed a solo home run. The Phillies then had runners on first and third with two outs before reliever Todd Coffey recorded the final out. Coffey picked up the save after a shaky ninth where he allowed the one run and three hits.

Relief pitchers Mark DiFelice and Carlos Villanueva were perfect in the seventh and eighth innings respectively.

Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton took his second loss after allowing eight hits and three runs over six innings.


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