MILWAUKEE -- Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon looked fantastic pitching a four-out save Saturday.
He certainly seemed amped before, during and afterward.
Papelbon struck out three in 1 1/3 innings in a 4-3 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park. He threw 15 pitches (13 strikes). He also threw three sliders and one splitter to keep Brewers hitters guessing. A first-pitch slider for a strike to first baseman Corey Hart started the ninth and set up the rest of the inning because Milwaukee now had to worry about the slider and not just the fastball.
Papelbon has been throwing his slider a bit more recently for just that reason.
Asked why the Phillies chose to have Papelbon pitch a four-out save Saturday -- the club also had a four-out save situation Thursday but chose Josh Lindblom instead -- manager Charlie Manuel said it made sense because Papelbon had not pitched since Tuesday in Miami.
"He had rest," he said. "I liked where we were at in the game. I liked the matchup. Like I said the other night, Papelbon when we bring him in, we can't be getting him four-out situations and a big amount of pitches because that kills him for two or three days. How many pitches did he throw? 15? OK, yeah. He's fine for tomorrow.
"He was good. His stuff was good."
Manuel rests Utley after 30 consecutive starts
MILWAUKEE -- Charlie Manuel had an interesting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park.
He gave Chase Utley his first day off since July 15. He had started 30 consecutive games before Sunday. Light-hitting Michael Martinez took his place at second base.
Manuel hit John Mayberry Jr. third against Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf. Mayberry was hitting .262 with seven home runs, 16 RBIs and a .508 slugging percentage against left-handers. He also started Ty Wigginton in left field for the first time this year. He had played there 61 games in his career, including 21 games in 2011.
"I wanted to put somebody in the lineup that has a chance to put some sock into the ball," Manuel said of Wigginton.
To open up spot for Polanco, Luna optioned
MILWAUKEE -- The Phillies optioned infielder Hector Luna to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Sunday's game.
The move clears a spot on the 25-man roster for Placido Polanco, who is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday's game against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park.
Polanco, who has been on the DL since July 23 because of lower back inflammation, went 5-for-12 with two RBIs and three runs scored in three rehab games last week with Class A Clearwater.
The combination of Carlos Ruiz, Erik Kratz and Brian Schneider entered Sunday's series finale against the Brewers leading big league catchers in several offensive categories: extra-base hits (57), doubles (38) and slugging percentage (.531). They also led National League catchers in on-base percentage (.381) and ranked second in batting average (.312).
Philadelphia's starting pitchers have a 2.11 ERA in their last nine road games.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.