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Brewers drop first game in big series, wild card lead down to 3

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 43rd homer, Jamie Moyer pitched 5 2-3 effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Thursday night to gain ground in the playoff race.

The Phillies pulled within three games of the NL East-leading Mets and the wild card-leading Brewers by roughing up Ben Sheets (13-8). They remain four behind New York in the loss column.

Prince Fielder hit his first homer since Aug. 13, but slumping Milwaukee lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

Moyer (14-7) allowed three runs and four hits, improving to 7-1 in his last 13 starts. The 45-year-old left-hander moved past Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and into a tie with Jack Powell for 49th on the career list with 244 wins.

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