Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 8/21/14
The Philadelphia Phillies have climbed above .500 for the first time this season. Their rise could continue with Cliff Lee getting the ball next. Lee goes for his first four-start winning streak in two seasons Friday night in his second matchup with the lowly Milwaukee Brewers in less than a week. After failing twice in April, the Phillies (31-30) finally moved over the break-even point on Thursday, extending their season-high winning streak to five with a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee (22-37). Philadelphia has 32 runs in that span. "We're happy that some hard work is starting to pay off," said Michael Young, who went 3 for 4 in the opener of the Phillies' 10-game trip. "We're starting to see it in the standings." The Phillies, 6 12 back of NL East-leading Atlanta, go for a fourth straight win in Milwaukee with Lee (7-2, 2.45 ERA) getting another look at the Brewers. He struck out a season-best 11 in 7 2-3 innings of Sunday's 7-5 victory over Milwaukee. The former AL Cy Young winner allowed three runs before his outing was cut short due to cramping throughout his body. "I was a little dehydrated or something," the left-hander, 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his last six outings, said after preventing the Brewers from their first series sweep in Philadelphia. "I wanted to stay in the game and keep pitching but at the same time, I want to be smart." Lee last won four consecutive starts during a seven-start stretch from Aug. 4-Sept. 5, 2011. That run ended five days later when he failed to record a decision in a 3-2, 10-inning victory at Milwaukee. Lee is 0-1 with a 4.79 ERA in three starts at Miller Park, but those numbers could improve given the Brewers' 4-15 slide at home. Milwaukee, a season-worst 15 games below .500, will try to even this series with Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) making his second start and 18th appearance of the season. The right-hander is replacing Marco Estrada (strained left hamstring) in the rotation. "When (Figaro has) come in, he's done a pretty good job for us, and he's stretched out to a point," manager Ron Roenicke told the Brewers' official website. "Nobody in Triple-A is lighting it up to where we're saying, 'Let's bring him up.'" Figaro, though, might not be in the rotation long with Chris Narveson (sprained finger) likely to return soon. Figaro will face the Phillies for the second time, the first coming Sunday when he struck out two in 3 1-3 innings of shutout relief. Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who finished 1 for 2 with two walks in the series opener after missing Wednesday's 6-1 loss to Oakland with a nagging thumb injury, is a career .379 hitter against the Phillies. It's his best average against any NL team. Braun's .474 batting average (9 for 19) against Lee is the highest among any batter who's face the left-hander at least 19 times. Three of those nine hits have left the park. Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown, the NL leader with 18 homers, went 2 for 3 on Thursday and is 9 for 19 with three home runs and eight RBIs during the club's longest undefeated stretch since a seven-game surge Sept. 5-12.

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