By Sam Bush
Ryan Braun hit a grand slam off the scoreboard in center field and in the Milwaukee Brewers’ eight-run second inning en route to a 9-6 win over the Phillies.
Nick Pivetta (2-5) struck out his first four batters before the Brewers got on top of his fastball in the second.
Keon Broxton snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a run-scoring single, and Orlando Arcia hit his ninth home run, a shot that landed in the Brewers’ bullpen. Braun crushed the first pitch for his sixth career grand slam, most in franchise history.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin noticed Pivetta’s struggles from the stretch, too.
“He struck out four in a row, then he just didn’t locate any of his pitches,” Mackanin said. “He hung every breaking ball he threw up there in that one span of eight or nine hitters. Then he was a different pitcher after that. The home run and the grand slam did him in.”
Pivetta gave up nine runs over five innings, more than in any of his previous 11 starts.
The Phillies scored twice in the first, but Davies held them scoreless until the fifth. The Phils made it 8-4 when Maikel Franco drove in his second run of the game, and another run scored on a fielding error.
Manny Pina got a run back on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but Davies walked three and gave up Odubel Herrera’s two-run homer. Carlos Torres came on and got out of the sixth.
Jared Hughes, Josh Hader and Jacob Barnes pitched scoreless relief. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 15th save. He struck out Tommy Joseph for his 44th consecutive appearance with a strikeout to start the season, a major league record.
Franco went 4 for 5 and stayed hot at Miller Park. He came in 7 for 13 with three home runs and eight RBI at the stadium.