MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 32nd home run, Yovani Gallardo won his fourth straight start, and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their home winning streak to nine with a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Braun, Gallardo and Nyjer Morgan each drove in two runs for the Brewers.
After Braun struck out with the bases loaded in Milwaukee’s four-run fourth — the second out he made in the inning — Braun connected for a two-run homer to center with two outs in the sixth to make it 6-1. He has hit three homers in two games after being given the day off on Wednesday at Colorado. Before that, Braun was in a 6-for-42 skid (.142) with no homers in 10 games.
Gallardo (12-8) gave up one earned run, four hits and two walks in seven innings. He also struck out nine. Gallardo has allowed six earned runs over 28 2-3 innings in his past four starts.
Vance Worley continued to struggle, however. Worley (6-8) allowed four earned runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings for Philadelphia. He struck out three and has just one victory in six starts.
Worley had a 1-0 lead in the fourth and retired the first two batters before the Brewers rallied. Corey Hart singled, Martin Maldonado walked, and Morgan hit a two-run triple. The deep fly ball was nearly caught by right fielder Domonic Brown in the gap, but it bounced off the side of his glove before he took two steps and crashed into the wall.
After rookie Jean Segura was intentionally walked and stole second base, Gallardo singled to right to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead. He entered the game with a .140 batting average and five RBIs.
Philadelphia’s first run came in the fourth on Ryan Howard’s double. The Phillies added a run in the ninth on a single by Kevin Frandsen.
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