MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a grand slam to tie Robin Yount’s franchise home run mark, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday and a sweep of the season series.
Rookie Taylor Jungmann (7-4) set a career high with nine strikeouts in 6 1-3 scoreless innings. Francisco Rodriguez converted his 29th save by getting out of two-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
Braun finished with five RBIs. His 251st career homer came with two outs in the fifth when he hit Aaron Harang’s fastball off the scoreboard girder in left-center field.
Harang (5-14) had been solid for the Phillies until that point. The right-hander leads the majors in losses, as does Philadelphia, which has dropped five of its last six and is 46-72 overall.
Leading 1-0 following Braun’s RBI force out in the first, Milwaukee scored five times in the fifth, capped by the All-Star’s big blast.
Yount spent his entire 20-year career with the Brewers, winning two MVP awards. Braun, the NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and NL MVP in 2011, has said he would like to remain in Milwaukee the rest of his career. He begins a five-year contract extension next season.
While Braun is expected to be a key contributor for years as Milwaukee enters a rebuilding period, Jungmann is still working to cement himself in next season’s rotation.
After a rough outing against the Cubs last week, Jungmann was dominant — striking out the side in both the first and third innings and working out of a two-on jam in the fourth.
Jungmann finally flashed a grin after catching a sizzling come-backer from Andres Blanco to start the seventh. It would be his final out, but he left to a standing ovation following a single to Domonic Brown.
Philadelphia dropped all seven games to Milwaukee this year and was swept in a season series of six-plus games for the first time since 2005.
The Phillies had just four hits and two errors until the ninth. Blanco hit a solo homer with one out and Carlos Ruiz and Jeff Francoeur hit consecutive singles with two outs against mop-up reliever Neal Cotts.
Cotts walked Darin Ruf before being pulled for Rodriguez, who got Cesar Hernandez to ground out to end it.
Philadelphia was outscored 41-23 over seven games against the Brewers this year.
Phillies: Veteran 2B Chase Utley (right ankle) had a scheduled day off. Utley, the subject of continued trade rumors, is 13 of 26 with five doubles, a homer and five RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak since he returned from the disabled list.
Brewers: C Jonathan Lucroy has been frustrated with his play of late. He’s healthy now, but injuries set him back earlier this season. He hurt his right hamstring in spring training and missed another 38 games this season with a broken left big toe. Against the Phillies on Sunday, he tripled and scored twice, but is just 4 for 28 in his last nine games.
Phillies: Philadelphia gets a day off on Monday before beginning a two-game interleague set at home against Toronto. 3B Maikel Franco (left wrist) is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Brewers: Milwaukee continues its six-game homestand on Monday against the Miami Marlins. Brewers RHP Matt Garza (6-12, 4.82 ERA) squares off against LHP Justin Nicolino (1-1, 4.86).
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