MILWAUKEE (AP)—The Philadelphia Phillies are off to a bad start on their 13-game road trip.
After a five-game winning streak, the Phillies are off to an 0-2 start on their longest road trip of the season.
“We didn’t hit well and we didn’t pitch well,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. “They hit and pitched well. That pretty much sums up the game.”
The start of the game was delayed 19 minutes when a power surge caused by the utility firm We Energies—which was working on a power line outside the ballpark—shut down almost half the lights at Miller Park during pregame introductions.
Wolf (12-8), who beat Milwaukee last Thursday and had won seven of his last 11 decisions, failed to reach the fifth inning for the first time this season.
“I just got my butt kicked,” Wolf said. “In this one, I was just horrible.”
The left-hander lasted 4 1-3 innings and allowed a season-high seven runs and seven hits. He also equaled a season high by giving up two home runs.
It was the most lopsided loss for Philadelphia since falling 15-1 at Cincinnati on June 13.
“We got beat twice and now we’ve got to come out and win (today),” Bowa said.
Philadelphia remained a half-game ahead of Florida in the NL wild-card race.
Milwaukee starter Matt Kinney (8-9) won for just the second time in 10 starts, and first at home since June 12 against Florida. Kinney had a career-high eight strikeouts and allowed nine hits in eight innings.
“He shut down a very good offensive team,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
Milwaukee scored its first five runs with two outs in the bottom of the third.
“It makes it a lot easier on me to get that lead because then you don’t have to be so fine,” Kinney said.
Sexson added a two-run homer, his 34th, on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. Scott Podsednik and Jenkins added run-scoring singles in the sixthand Royce Clayton had and RBI single in the seventh.
Philadelphia has lost 10 of its last 12 road games. … The 10 runs for Milwaukee was its most since a 13-1 victory June 27 at Minnesota. … Kinney has won his last four decisions against NL East opponents. He also collected his second hit of the season and first since July 13 with a single in the sixth. … Ben Sheets felt much better after he left Tuesday night’s game in the first inning because of a strained rotator cuff. He will be re-evaluatedThursday.