2:10 PM ET, June 9, 2013
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Brewers' Kyle Lohse ends drought; Ryan Braun leaves with sore thumb
MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse was finally on top of his game.
"I had a good slider working today," Lohse said after his longest outing of the season. "I'm finally coming back around where I can snap it off. And Maldy (catcher Martin Maldonado) called a great game and the guys played great defense. So it was just a combination of everything."
Scooter Gennett had a two-run triple for the Brewers, who took the final three games of the four-game series.
Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun left after the third inning with a sore right thumb, which has been a lingering problem for him. He struck out in his only plate appearance in the first.
"It wasn't real good to start the game and he wanted to play," manager Ron Roenicke said. "But the first at-bat wasn't good again."
Roenicke said before the game he hoped to avoid putting Braun on the disabled list. But Roenicke acknowledged that Braun has had setbacks with the thumb as he has played through the soreness.
He said he would discuss the situation with general manager Doug Melvin as the team travels to Miami to begin a three-game series Monday against the Marlins.
"We need to get this thumb right and if he needs a day or two days, we'll do it, or if he needs a day (off) on either side of one of the off-days, we' ll do it," Roenicke said. "But we have to figure out how to get him back to where -- he's been productive, but he's not the Ryan Braun that we usually know."
Gennett's triple highlighted a four-run second inning and Gomez's homer in the sixth off starter Jonathan Pettibone was plenty of insurance for Lohse's first victory since beating San Diego on April 22.
Lohse (2-6) experienced minor hamstring tightness in his left leg after running the bases during his previous start Tuesday, but showed no ill effects. His only major hiccup was Humberto Quintero's first home run of the season, a shot into the Phillies' bullpen in right.
Lohse got off to a shaky start, though. The first two batters singled and then Ryan Howard hit a hard line-drive single right at right fielder Norichika Aoki. Michael Young, who led off with a single, tried to score from second but was out at the plate on a strong throw from Aoki.
"The first inning was a little shaky," Roenicke said. "I thought it was huge the throw that Nori made to home to get us an out there. And once he got through that, command got really good."
Lohse agreed with his manager's assessment of Aoki's play.
"That got me going, because it was a little sketchy there at first, giving up some hits early," Lohse said. "But after that, kind of settled in and the guys played great defense."
The Brewers turned two double plays, one for Lohse and one for Jim Henderson in the ninth.
After escaping the first, Lohse faced the minimum each inning until the eighth. After two quick outs, Quintero spoiled the shutout bid with a home run. Lohse then struck out pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis.
"All his pitches, he got working," Roenicke said. "The fastball was located great, down in the zone. The sliders were all good, some nice curveballs, great changeups. But, he got it all working."
Lohse gave up four hits, walked one and struck out six.
"I've got to give Lohse some credit, too," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He knew how to pitch us. He changed speeds good. Located his fastball good. But, at the same time I feel we could have definitely hit better."
The Phillies slipped to 31-33 after opening the series with a 5-1 win that pulled them a game above .500.
Jean Segura, who came in leading the NL in hits with 82, singled home two runs in the seventh. Maldonado added a solo homer in the eighth.
Henderson, just back from a strained right hamstring, pitched a scoreless ninth.
Pettibone (3-2) allowed six runs, four earned, and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four but walked two and hit two batters with pitches in his first career start against the Brewers.
Milwaukee got to Pettibone in the second and then again in the sixth.
Logan Schafer singled in the sixth and then Gomez hit the first pitch from Pettibone into the Brewers' bullpen in left for his 11th home run of the season. After Maldonado walked, Manuel brought in Jeremy Horst.
The Brewers scored four runs in the second.
Pettibone got in trouble right away by making an error. He misplayed a bunt by Gomez, who went to second on Yuniesky Betancourt's single. Pettibone then hit Maldonado with a pitch, loading the bases.
Gomez scored on Juan Francisco's grounder to first. Gennett, who made his major league debut Tuesday night against Oakland, tripled to right-center for the first two RBIs of his career. He scored on Lohse's sacrifice.
Schafer pinch hit for Braun and then replaced him in left field. ... The Phillies placed C Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and selected the contract of C Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... The Brewers reinstated Henderson from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Nashville. Thornburg pitched two scoreless innings of relief Saturday night for his first major league win. ... Betancourt caught Laynce Nix's foul ball while tip-toeing down the steps of the Phillies' dugout in the fifth inning. Third base umpire Mark Carlson still signaled no play. ... The Phillies have homered in 14 consecutive games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 09: Martin Maldonado #12 of the Milwaukee Brewers tags out Michael Young #10 of the...(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|2nd||J Francisco grounded out to first, C Gomez scored, Y Betancourt to third, M Maldonado to second.||0||1|
|2nd||S Gennett tripled to deep center, Y Betancourt and M Maldonado scored.||0||3|
|2nd||K Lohse sacrificed to second, S Gennett scored.||0||4|
|6th||C Gomez homered to left center (389 feet), L Schafer scored.||0||6|
|7th||J Segura singled to center, K Lohse and N Aoki scored.||0||8|
|8th||H Quintero homered to right (393 feet).||1||8|
|8th||M Maldonado homered to center (402 feet).||1||9|
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|Stadium||Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI|
|Attendance||38,300 (91.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Mark Carlson|
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