So how is it possible for a baseball team to go an entire month with absolutely no luck and then have a season's worth in two games?

Don't ask the Brewers. They'll gratefully take it and move on with their first back-to-back victories since late April.

At the very least, their 4-3 victory Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies should have gone into extra innings. Second base umpire Mike Estabrook blew a call, his crew chief later confirmed, in the ninth inning that was the capper on another serendipitous day for the Crew.

"It's not," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, "a fair game."

With one out in a one-run game in the bottom of the ninth, pinch runner Kyle Kendrick had a big lead at second base. Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez spun to pick off Kendrick and made a spot-on throw to shortstop Jean Segura.

The ball clearly beat Kendrick to the bag and Estabrook called him out.

Except for one problem.

Segura dropped the ball and then put himself in the running for an Oscar when he cleverly hid it along the outstretched body of Kendricks, who blocked Estabrook's view.

Segura showed Estabrook the ball with his throwing hand instead of his glove, which should have been the tip-off.

Afterward, Segura admitted to dropping the ball, saying, "That was the difference in the game."

Said crew chief Tom Hallion, "Looking at it on replay, the ball goes in the glove and comes out of the glove with Kendrick diving back in and with Segura diving back for the ball. Obviously, Mike was in the right position to make a pickoff play call like that. But the way that the play developed, the ball comes free and rolls right in Segura's bare hand and he comes up shows him the ball.