MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a grand slam off the scoreboard in center field and Orlando Arcia added a three-run shot in the Brewers’ eight-run second inning, helping Milwaukee beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Friday night.
Nick Pivetta (2-5) struck out his first four batters before the Brewers got on top of his fastball in the second. Keon Broxton snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a run-scoring single, and Arcia hit his ninth home run. Braun crushed the first pitch for his sixth career grand slam, most in franchise history.
Pivetta gave up nine runs over five innings, more than in any of his previous 11 starts.
Zach Davies (11-4) won his fourth straight start, but it was a struggle. He labored through the first and fifth innings before being pulled with one out and two on in the sixth. He was charged with six runs, five earned.
The Phillies scored twice in the first, but Davies held them scoreless until the fifth. Philadelphia made it 8-4 when Maikel Franco drove in his second run of the game, and another run scored on center fielder Broxton’s fielding error.
Manny Pina got a run back on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but Davies walked three and gave up Odubel Herrera’s two-run homer. Carlos Torres came on and got out of the sixth.
Jared Hughes, Josh Hader and Jacob Barnes pitched scoreless relief. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 15th save. He struck out Tommy Joseph for his 44th consecutive appearance with a strikeout to start the season, a major league record. It was the Brewers’ seventh win in the last eight games.
Franco went 4 for 5 and stayed hot at Miller Park. He came in 7 for 13 with three home runs and eight RBIs at the stadium.
Phillies: RF Aaron Altherr doubled in the fifth, but then left the game with a mild right hamstring strain after legging out the base hit. Cameron Perkins pinch ran and replaced him in right field. … RHP Vince Velasquez (right elbow flexor strain) made a successful rehab start and could return for the three-game series starting Monday against the Marlins.
Brewers: OF Brett Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs after RHP Junior Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shin contusion. … INF Eric Sogard (left ankle strain) took batting practice, but nothing more. “We haven’t got him on the ground running yet, which is something we need to do,” manager Craig Counsell said.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (6-6, 3.59 ERA) makes his 13th start of the season and fifth career against the Brewers. He is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA facing Milwaukee.
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (8-4, 3.30 ERA) makes his 19th start of the season and fourth career against the Phillies. He is 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA facing Philadelphia.
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