MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun backed rookie starter Taylor Jungmann by crushing a grand slam to tie Robin Yount for the Brewers' all-time franchise record for home runs, as Milwaukee completed a series and season sweep of the Phillies with a 6-1 win on Sunday at Miller Park.
Jungmann bounced back from his first poor outing in the big leagues by working a scoreless 6 1/3 innings and striking out a career-high nine batters. The tall right-hander fanned the side in the first on 11 pitches and again in the third on just 10 pitches. Jungmann allowed three hits and lowered his season ERA in 13 starts to 2.23 with the performance.
"I was confident he was going to bounce back for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Jungmann. "There's going to be blips in the road, and he came back and pitched a really nice game." More >
Philadelphia's offense went quiet once again, producing seven hits with the only run coming from a solo shot off the bat of Andres Blanco. The offense went 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position during the three-game series. Starter Aaron Harang surrendered a run in the first before Braun's slam and two subsequent singles ended his day in the fifth.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED No. 251: Braun tied Yount for the franchise lead in home runs in grand style. With the bases loaded in the fifth against Harang, Braun launched his 251st homer to give Milwaukee a 6-0 lead. The grand slam was the fifth of his career and second this season, and it was his 21st homer this year. Braun also drove in Jonathan Lucroy with a groundout in the first, giving the right fielder five RBIs on the day.
"Robin's obviously the greatest player in franchise history," Braun said. "He played here for 20 years, accomplished so many amazing things, so any time you are mentioned alongside his name, it's definitely a special accomplishment." More >
Crashing down: Harang kept the Phillies in the game until an ugly fifth inning soured his final line. Scooter Gennett led off with a double and came in to score on a one-out single by Elian Herrera. Harang then fielded Jungmann's sacrifice bunt attempt, but second baseman Cesar Hernandez was late to cover the bag. After a walk to Lucroy, Harang surrendered Braun's grand slam. Adam Lind and Khris Davis followed with singles, causing Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin to turn to the bullpen. After allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings Sunday, Harang has a 12.60 ERA over his last two starts and a 9.72 ERA in five starts since July 1.
"I was getting guys out," Harang said. "I was getting ground balls. Guys weren't really squaring anything up. It just spiralled out of control really quick."
Luuuuu-croy: On the day when fans in attendance at Miller Park received a commemorative bobblehead of Lucroy a season after hitting 46 doubles as a catcher -- the most in Major League history -- he decided to one-up it. Lucroy ripped a triple down the right-field line in the first, and he crossed the plate to open up Milwaukee's scoring on Braun's groundout in the next at-bat. It was Lucroy's second triple this season.
Too little, too late: Blanco broke the shutout with a solo home run to right-center field off Brewers left-hander Neal Cotts in the top of the ninth. Blanco has now homered in each of his past two starts, and he has four home runs on the season. Carlos Ruiz and Jeff Francoeur singled off Cotts, while Darin Ruf walked to put the tying run on deck with two outs. The late comeback attempt fell short, as Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez came on to retire Hernandez to end the game.
"We made them a little nervous at the end, but I'd rather win the game than make them nervous," Mackanin said."
"There's a lot of steps to become a Major League pitcher. Right now, obviously I'm not there. But it's something I work on every day, trying to spot up a breaking ball. You watch [Kyle] Lohse and [Matt] Garza, they can throw backdoor breaking balls, backdoor sliders, backdoor cutters -- whatever it is. That's something I'd like to do, but I'm just not there yet. I'm working with what I have, and it's something I'm working on all the time." -- Jungmann, on the next step in his development
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The win gave the Brewers a season sweep over the Phillies, winning all seven games in 2015. It was just the fourth time in franchise history that Milwaukee produced a season sweep over an opponent (at least six games). The Brewers outscored the Phillies, 41-23.
Mackanin won his second challenge in as many days when replay overturned first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth's safe call in the first inning. With Lucroy on third base, Braun hit a slow roller that shortstop Freddy Galvis charged and threw to first. Braun still received an RBI as Lucroy scored on the play, but the safe call at first base was overturned after a one-minute, three-second review.
WHAT'S NEXT Phillies: Following an off-day Monday, the Phillies return home to open a two-game series with the Blue Jays. Rookie Aaron Nola (3-1, 4.25 ERA) will take the ball in the series opener Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. The right-hander allowed four runs in five innings against Arizona in his last outing.
Brewers: Milwaukee will see the Marlins for the first time this season on Monday, as Matt Garza will toe the rubber in the series opener. The veteran right-hander is coming off back-to-back starts of seven innings -- the first time he's accomplished the feat this season. Garza's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.