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Two reviews in wild eighth inning favor Brewers

Howard's ground-rule double keeps Utley on bases; Hernandez out at first @ToddZolecki

MILWAUKEE -- Instant replay confirmed a ruling on the field in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 9-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park.

Umpires originally ruled Ryan Howard hit a ground-rule double down the left-field line against Milwaukee left-hander Will Smith. The Phillies argued the call, because it would have scored Chase Utley in addition to Jimmy Rollins.

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But replay showed the ball clearly left the field before bouncing back into play.

Later in the inning, replay officials overturned a call when first-base umpire Brian O'Nora initially called Cesar Hernandez safe on a play at first base. Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett ranged to his left on a ground ball with two outs, and the call was overturned after replay showed Hernandez was clearly out at first.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for

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