By Sam Bush
Well, Jake Arrieta can’t blame this loss on the Phillies’ defense.
The fault, dear Jake, lies in your arm.
Brent Suter drove in two runs and pitched a career-high seven innings, Christian Yelich, Hernan Perez and Jesus Aguilar homered and the NL Central-leadingMilwaukee Brewers beat Arrieta and the visiting Phillies 13-2.
Suter (7-4) allowed one run on six hits to win his fifth start in the last six, including a 12-3 victory over the Phillies six days ago. The lanky left-hander tossed a career-high 105 pitches and pushed the Brewers to 43-27, the best record in the NL.
Milwaukee has scored 40 runs against the Phillies in four games, including 27 in three at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia has 13 in that span.
Arrieta (5-5) came in 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park, but the Brewers snapped that streak by reaching him for eight runs — four earned — on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
“Jake did not have his fastball command, and we didn’t play good defense behind him,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “That was the story of the game today.”
Arrieta put the blame on his shoulders, ignoring the season high-tying four errors.
“I singlehandedly lost us the game,” he said. “I put up a 5 spot in the second inning. It wasn’t because of the defense, really. “
The Phils also committed four errors on March 31 at Atlanta.
Suter got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second. Shortstop Scott Kingery misplayed Lorenzo Cain’s liner for two more runs. Aguilar added a sacrifice fly and Cain scored on a wild pitch.
The Brewers chased Arrieta in the fourth, keeping him winless in three starts in June.
Suter reached on a fielding error by left fielder Rhys Hoskins and scored on Cain’s double. Yelich hit the first pitch for his ninth home run of the season.
Perez started the sixth by homering off reliever Mark Leiter Jr. Suter sliced an opposite-field base hit for his second RBI in the game.
Cesar Hernandez went 3 for 3 with an RBI double in the sixth. Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer in the ninth.