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PHILADELPHIA - Right fielder Ryan Braun tripled home two runs in a three-run eighth inning Wednesday night, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez and first baseman Mark Reynolds homered for the Brewers (6-2), who have won five straight. Gomez, who was a triple away from the cycle, went 3-for-5, as did third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

The Phillies fell to 3-5 with their third straight loss.

With the score tied at 4-4, Reynolds led off the eighth by drawing a walk from reliever Antonio Bastardo (0-1), after falling in an 0-2 hole.

Reynolds stole second and was sacrificed to third by second baseman Scooter Gennett. With the infield up, left fielder Logan Schafer's bouncer ticked off the glove of first baseman Ryan Howard for an error. Schafer was credited with an RBI, as Reynolds was running on contact.

One out later Bastardo hit shortstop Jean Segura with a pitch. Braun, booed by the crowd as he had been during Tuesday's three-homer, seven-RBI performance, then laced a 1-0 pitch over the head of Ben Revere in center field, sending both runners home.

Reynolds' homer, a two-run shot, came in the ninth off reliever Justin DeFratus.

Tyler Thornburg (2-0) earned the victory with two perfect innings of relief.

Milwaukee starter Matt Garza went seven innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Philadelphia starter Roberto Hernandez worked five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out nine and walking one.

The Brewers scored twice in the top of the first, on Ramirez's single and an error by Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but the Phillies answered with three runs in their half. The first scored on Garza's balk, the other two on an error and infield out, respectively.

Segura chased home the tying run with a bloop double in the second, and Gomez hit Hernandez's 0-2 fastball into the left-field seats with two outs in the fourth, giving Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.

Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd then knotted it in the bottom of the fifth, punching a single through the middle to score catcher Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz had led off the inning with a double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch.

NOTES: Neither 2B Chase Utley (flu) nor third baseman Cody Asche (hamstring) was in the starting lineup for the Phillies. Cesar Hernandez made his second straight start in Utley's place, while Jayson Nix started for Asche. ... Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said RHP Mike Adams, who underwent shoulder surgery last July, threw his second scoreless inning for Class A Clearwater on Tuesday and is "on the fast track" to return. ... Sandberg also said INF Freddy Galvis, recovering from a leg infection, hit two home runs in an extended spring training game Tuesday and is "coming along real fast." ... With three home runs and seven RBIs in Tuesday's 10-4 victory over the Phillies, Brewers RF Ryan Braun raised his career average to .405 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs at Citizens Bank Park. Only four other visiting players have hit .400 with 10 homers and 20 RBIs in a particular park in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: Joe DiMaggio (Sportsmen's Park), Willie Mays (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum), Mike Piazza (Coors Field) and Carlos Delgado (The Kingdome). ... Braun's .392 career average against the Phillies entering Wednesday's game is the highest by a Philadelphia opponent since 1900 (min. 175 at-bats).
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