Phils top Brewers, Sabathia

Published 1:42 am Friday, October 3, 2008

With one more loss to the Phillies, CC Sabathia and the Milwaukee Brewers will have all winter to rest.

Brett Myers rankled Sabathia with a pesky at-bat and dominated the rest of the Brewers from the mound, and Philadelphia beat Milwaukee 5-2 on Thursday night behind Shane Victorino’s grand slam for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NL playoff series.

‘‘I don’t think starting on three days’ rest had anything to do with it,’’ Sabathia said. ‘‘I just didn’t make pitches when I needed to.’’

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Myers allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings, pulling the Phillies within one win of the NL championship series. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero worked the eighth, and Brad Lidge had a suspense-free ninth for a change.

Pitching on three days’ rest for the fourth consecutive start, Sabathia had his worst outing since joining the Brewers in a trade with Cleveland on July 7.

The burly left-hander allowed five runs and six hits — all for extra bases — in 3 2-3 innings. He walked four, his second-highest total of the season.

‘‘When you’ve got a guy like CC on the ropes you’ve got to take advantage,’’ Victorino said.