MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins hit his 21st home run of the season, Ryan Howard tied Prince Fielder for the major league RBI lead and the Philadelphia Phillies took another step toward clinching the NL East title with a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Ryan Madson got four outs for his ninth save as a struggling bullpen finally came through for the Phillies, who cut their magic number to three. Any combination of Phillies wins or Braves losses equaling three would give Philadelphia its third consecutive division crown.
Atlanta beat Washington 6-3 in 10 innings Sunday.
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