By Jack Ryan

The Phillies have reached .500!

Maikel Franco hit his third home run in two games and finished with four RBIs as the Phillies outlasted the Brewers, 10-6, last night at Miller Park.

Franco’s three-run homer in the fourth gave the 9-9 Phillies a 6-4 lead that grew to 7-4 by the eighth, when the Brewers scored twice to make it a one-run game.

But the Phillies added insurance during a three-run ninth, highlighted by Odubel Herrera’s two-run shot off Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, who hadn’t allowed a run in his first seven appearances this season.

Franco, who homered twice in Friday’s series opener, went yard off Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who was hit hard for six earned runs on eight hits while throwing 99 pitches in four innings. Phillies reliever Brett Oberholtzer earned the win in relief after Phillies starter Charlie Morton exited with a hamstring injury.

Franco’s best moment came in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Braun hit a smash to Franco’s left, and the third baseman caught the ball as he fell to the ground. Franco spun around and, while still sitting on the dirt, fired a strike to first baseman Ryan Howard¬†for the out. Meanwhile, Herrera went 3-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs, two walks, four runs scored and two stolen bases.

 

Morton threw 29 pitches in the first inning, then strained his left hamstring running to first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt in the second. He had to be helped off the field. Morton had been on a roll, allowing just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings in his previous two starts. It is unclear if he will make his next start.More >

“There are varying degrees of severity with any injury,” Morton said. “So you really just don’t know. It doesn’t do anybody any good to speculate really. Something happened. It’s not good.”