Ballpark Franc: Maikel's 4 RBIs help beat Crew

Ballpark Franc: Maikel's 4 RBIs help beat Crew

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

The teams combined to throw 387 pitches in a game that surpassed the four-hour mark and was closer than the final score indicated. Franco's three-run homer in the fourth gave the 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.

Herrera's two-run homer

Franco, who homered twice in Friday's series opener, went deep Saturday 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.

"We're not giving our team a chance to win," Anderson said. "We have to do better." More >

Franco, Herrera heating up: Franco followed Friday's two-homer effort with a three-run blast to left field in the fourth to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead. But 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.

"It means a lot when those guys get going and they look like they're lighting up a little bit," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. More >

Must C: Franco's backside throw

So close: Chris Carter hit a solo home run in the eighth inning that cut the Brewers' deficit to 7-5, and pinch-hitter Aaron Hill nearly gave the Brewers the lead four batters later. With one out and two runners on base, Hill put a charge in the crowd by lifting a long fly ball to left field, but the baseball settled in left fielder David Lough's glove at the warning track for a sacrifice fly that made it 7-6. The Brewers' rally stopped there.

Carter's solo home run

"I thought Aaron's ball was a home run," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Hill's sacrifice fly

Phillies lose Morton: 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."

Morton's injury

Braun pads franchise record: The Brewers owned a pair of leads in the game, courtesy of Jonathan Lucroy's single in the first inning and a three-run third highlighted by Braun's two-run homer. It was Braun's fourth this season and 259th in his career, extending his franchise mark.

"We're in a little rut right now, there's no hiding from it. They'll perform better." -- Counsell, whose starting pitchers have combined for a Major League-worst 6.22 ERA

"He told me you throw better like that." -- Franco, on what Freddy Galvis said to him that made him laugh after he threw out Braun while sitting on his rump in the fifth

Through four innings, the Phillies were on pace to throw 231 pitches, and the Brewers 222. has only six nine-inning games in its database in which both teams topped 200 pitches, and no nine-inning games in which both teams topped 220. In the end, the Brewers finished with 200 total pitches, and the Phillies 187.

Herrera went 3-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs, four runs scored and two walks. He is the first Phillies batter since at least 1900 with four runs, one home run and two stolen bases in a game.

Carlos Torres, the Brewers reliever, and Carlos Torres, the umpire, of no relation,had never met before Torres, the pitcher, trotted in from Milwaukee's bullpen for the fifth inning with Torres, the umpire, behind home plate. The right-hander struck out all three Phillies he faced on 14 pitches. When informed before the game that the plate umpire shared his name, Torres told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I like him already!"

Phillies: Herrera enters the 2:10 p.m. ET Sunday series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park having reached base in 15 consecutive games. He is three games shy of tying his career high, which he reached during his rookie season in 2015. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff gets the start.

Brewers: Struggling Opening Day starter Wily Peralta will try again to get on track when he faces the Phillies at 1:10 p.m. CT Sunday. Peralta owns the third-highest ERA (8.35) among qualifying Major League pitchers, better than only the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa and Brewers teammate Taylor Jungmann.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for 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 since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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