Utley and Howard both started their fourth consecutive games in as many days Monday in the Phillies' series opener against the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. Previously, Howard, who is coming back from a left Achilles injury, had not started more than two consecutive days, while Utley, who has knee issues, had not started more than three consecutive days.
"Somewhere along the line, I've got to turn them loose," manager Charlie Manuel said. "But at the same time, I don't want to overdo it. I don't want them to have a relapse and stuff like that. But sooner or later, I've got to them play four games in a row. Figured we'd try today."
The move paid off as Utley and Howard drilled back-to-back homers in the first inning, and Howard hit a clutch two-run single in the ninth as the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win over the Brewers.