Phillies 4, Brewers 3
WP – Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94)
LP – Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (27)
MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun’s two-out, two-run homer in the 8th inning pulled the Brewers to within one.
But it was not enough for a comeback as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down a four-out save to secure Cole Hamels’ 14th win of the season in the Phillies’ 4-3 win in Milwaukee.
Braun, who had six home runs against the Phillies this season, was electric in the loss. He went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot in the loss.
The Phillies got on the board first with three runs in the 2nd inning. John Mayberry hit his 10th homer of the year, a two-run shot to make it 2-0.
Erik Kratz followed Mayberry’s shot up with a solo homer, giving Hamels a 3-0 lead.
Aramis Ramirez ended Hamels’ 23-inning scoreless streak with a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd, cutting into the lead to make it 3-1. But the Phillies added an important fourth run in the 3rd, an RBI double by Ryan Howard to score Chase Utley and make it 4-1.
Hamels cruised the rest of the way, allowing a total of three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out 10 to move him into third place in the National League in strike outs.
Howard and Utley combined for four of the Phillies’ seven hits. Both of Howard’s hits were doubles.
2B: Howard 2 (6). HR: Mayberry (10), Kratz (6).