Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Braun overpowers Phillies with three blasts; Brewers win 10-4

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
@Philabaseball

With boos reverberating throughout Citizens Bank Park, Ryan Braun slowed his home run trot just a little as he rounded second base in the eighth inning.

The trot was Braun's third of the afternoon as the embroiled slugger led the Brewers past the Phillies on Tuesday afternoon, 10-4.

Braun finished the contest with a franchise record 7 RBIs and snapped a career-long streak of 98 plate appearances without a home run.   

Kyle Kendrick struggled to get through five innings in the Phillies home opener, surrendering six runs on nine hits, two of which were Braun home runs. He also walked two and committed a costly fielding error in the third inning, leading to the Brewers jumping ahead to 5-1 lead.

Trailing in the fourth, the Phillies scored once in each of the next three innings, but the game was put out of reach in the eighth when Braun drilled a first pitch curve ball off reliever Brad Lincoln and deposited it into the seats in left center.  

Major League Baseball suspended Braun for the final 65 games of the 2013 season for his connection to Biogenesis.

"It's motivating to me to hear these boos," Braun said. "I've heard it for two years now, nothing is new about it."

Ben Revere contributed two hits for the Phillies, but misjudged a fly ball in the seventh that he ultimately dropped, allowing a run to score for Milwaukee. He also got a late jump on a ball that fell in front of him in the fifth for a bloop single.

"I know I need to do a better job out there," Revere said. "No excuses at all, I just need to do better."

Led by Braun, the Brewers offense connected for 15 hits off Kendrick and Lincoln.

Former Phillie Kyle Lohse picked up the win, tossing five innings while surrendering three runs on seven hits. He walked five.

The Phillies offense left 11 runners on base in the losing effort.

"We need to capitalize better when we have guys on," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "If we get guys on base we need to do whatever we can to drive them home. We just didn't do that today."

The two clubs resume their three-game series Wednesday with Matt Garza scheduled to oppose Roberto Hernandez.

"It's a fresh start tomorrow," Sandberg said. "Let's see what we can put together then." 

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