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Brewers 9, Phillies 4: Offense carries Crew

The Brewers pulled out a tough victory Wednesday night after a mediocre start from Matt Garza.

Drew Hallowell

Win: Tyler Thornburg (2-0)
Loss: Antonio Bastardo (0-1)

HR: Carlos Gomez (3), Mark Reynolds (2)


After an ugly start to the game, the Brewers were able to win their fifth straight game and stay undefeated on the road behind a great offensive night from the top of the order.

The Brewers got on the board first as Aramis Ramirez continued his unusually hot April and gave the Brewers a one-run lead after a Jean Segura single and walk from Ryan Braun.  Jimmy Rollins allowed Ryan Braun to score from second as he was unable to handle a Jonathan Lucroy ground ball, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

Sloppy play must be contagious as the Brewers gave the Phillies three runs in the bottom of the first on a series of mishaps.  After a Ben Revere single and Carlos Ruiz double, Matt Garza balked during Ryan Howard's at bat and gave the Phillies their first run.  Howard walked to bring up Marlon Byrd, who reached due to a throwing error from Scooter Gennett as he attempted to start a double play.  The Phillies scored their third run of the inning on a RBI groundout from Dominic Brown.

Also, in the bottom of the first inning, the Brewers won their first challenge as Garza overthrew Segura at second base on a double play attempt to bring him off the bag, but Segura raced back to the bag to record the force out.  Originally, the umpires ruled Revere safe at second, but the ruling was eventually overturned.

The Brewers wasted no time tying the game as Segura and Gomez hit back-to-back two out doubles to even the score at three.

Gomez was at it again in his next at bat hitting a laser over the left field wall for his third home run of the season.  Gomez was a force with the bat tonight going three for five and only missing a triple for the cycle.

The Phillies were able to tie the game for a third time in the bottom of the fifth on a Byrd single that scored Ruiz.  This would be the last run Garza gave up on the night as he battled through an ugly outing.  It wasn't Garza's prettiest outing as he gave up eight hits and walked two, but he kept the Brewers in the game through six innings.

Eventually, the Brewers took the lead for the final time on the night in the eighth as Mark Reynolds walked and then stole second base to start the inning.  After Gennett sacrificed Reynolds to third, Logan Schafer smacked the first pitch he saw down the line past Ryan Howard for what looked like a double, but was ultimately called an error.  Two batters later, Braun smashed a triple into center field to give the Brewers a three-run lead.

Tyler Thornburg would get the win for the Brewers as he threw two scoreless innings in relief.  While Garza struggled, Thornburg mowed down Philadelphia hitters in order in both the seventh and eighth innings.  Thornburg looked impressive in relief and might end up being a nice reliever for the Brewers going forward.

Though the Brewers didn't need any more runs, Mark Reynolds added two more to the score as he went deep to center field after Lucroy singled earlier in the inning to give the Brewers a 9-4 lead.

Jim Henderson once again saw mop-up duty for the Brewers as he pitched a scoreless ninth despite creating a little bit of trouble.

The Brewers are now 6-2 on the season and off to their best start since 2008.  Marco Estrada will take the mound as they attempt to complete their second straight road sweep of the season against Cliff Lee and the Phillies.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.