Pivetta’s 2nd-inning struggles lead to defeat

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers continued scoring runs in bunches for Zach Davies, backing their starter with an eight-run second inning on the way to a 9-6 win over the Phillies on Friday night at Miller Park.

Orlando Arcia hit a three-run home run and Ryan Braun smacked a grand slam in the Brewers’ big frame to boost Davies, who entered the day with the third-best run support among regular Major League starting pitchers. He improved to 11-4 despite allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts in an outing that pushed Davies’ ERA up to 5.08 in 19 starts. The right-hander is now 4-0 in his last four starts.

The Brewers maintained their 5 1/2-game lead atop the National League Central by taking command with a sudden outburst against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out the first four batters he faced, but he then surrendered eight runs before he recorded another out, as Milwaukee matched its biggest single-inning outburst this season.

Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera each drove in two runs, and Franco collected four hits to help the Phillies cut an 8-2 Brewers lead after two innings as close as 9-6 by the sixth.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Grand finale: When Braun hit a first-pitch hanging slider from Pivetta off the batter’s eye in straightaway center field, he capped the Brewers’ eight-run rally while becoming the franchise’s all-time leader with six career grand slams. Braun had shared the mark with Jeromy Burnitz, John Jaha and Cecil Cooper, the latter of whom was on hand Friday for a reunion of the 1982 American League championship team.

Fightin’ Phils: The Phillies climbed back into the game with two runs in the fifth inning on Franco’s two-out single and an error charged to Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton. Two more scored in the sixth on Herrera’s two-run home run. The Phils had the tying run at the plate in the eighth against Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes after a tough error was charged to Arcia at shortstop. With the dangerous Franco on deck, Barnes struck out Freddy Galvis to preserve Milwaukee’s lead.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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