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Brewers almost pull off last-gasp rally, but Yelich’s drive caught on track

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    Above: The Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera makes a leaping catch at the wall for the final out of a game against the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Below: The Brewers’ Eric Thames celebrates his first-inning home run.

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    Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins, right, is congratulated by Dusty Wathan after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Pina fails to catch a foul ball as he falls into the Philadelphia Phillies dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain reacts after hitting an RBI-double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera, right, celebrates with Carlos Santana after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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MILWAUKEE — Maikel Franco didn’t know he’d be in Philadelphia’s starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he’d been on the bench.

Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee’s ninth-inning rally for a 10-9 victory.

“We didn’t tell him he was going to be starting,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “He worked great at-bats. He punished pitchers when they made mistakes. (Franco) has shown an incredible attitude recently.”

Milwaukee trailed 10-5 going into the ninth. Jesus Aguilar led off with a home run and Eric Thames hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot with two outs off Hector Neris.

Christian Yelich followed with a deep drive to center field and Herrera made a leaping catch for the final out, giving Jake Thompson his second save.

“We thought he went deep, the way it looked off the bat,” Thames said. “We were close to tying that game.”

Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera also homered as the Phillies took two of three from the Brewers, who are tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NL.

Tommy Hunter (2-0) picked up the win with one inning of relief.

Hoskins hit a two-run homer, his second in two days, in the first off starter Chase Anderson (5-6).

Thames had his first career leadoff home run, a drive into the right-field bullpen off Aaron Nola. Milwaukee tied it in the third on Lorenzo Cain’s RBI double before Philadelphia regained the lead in the fourth on Franco’s two-run homer. 

Franco is 5 for 10 with three home runs in his career against Anderson.

The Brewers pulled even in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Travis Shaw, who then scored on Aguilar’s single that chased Nola, who gave up four runs and seven hits in 43 innings.

Nola failed to pitch at least five innings for the first time since May 31, 2017, snapping a streak that spanned 35 starts. 

“My command wasn’t where it usually is,” Nola said. “They hit me around a good bit. They were on me every inning.”

Nick Williams drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single off reliever Jeremy Jeffress in the sixth to give Philadelphia a 6-4 lead. Yelich had a sacrifice fly in the bottom half.

Franco’s bases-loaded single in the seventh drove in two more as the Phillies extended the lead to 8-5. Philadelphia added another run in the eighth on Scott Kingery’s RBI double. Herrera hit a leadoff homer in the ninth to grow the lead to 10-5 before the Brewers rallied.

The Brewers optioned pitcher Jorge Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled right-hander Adrian Houser. Houser vomited behind the mound while warming up in the eighth. He stayed in the game and faced two batters before vomiting a second time. He again remained on the mound and faced three more hitters to finish the inning.

“I think it was a combination of traveling this morning and not having a lot of food in me,” he saud. “I was trying to stay hydrated in the bullpen. It’s pretty hot here compared to Colorado Springs. All combined, it got me.”

Houser’s willingness to stay in the game impressed Kapler.

“I have a lot of respect for anybody who would step behind the mound and throw up and step back on the mound and pitch,” he said.

Hernan Perez started at shortstop for the Brewers in place of struggling Orlando Arcia. 

“He’s been swinging the bat pretty well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Perez. 

Arcia, who is hitting .204, was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 25 but returned five days later after his replacement, Tyler Saladino, injured his left ankle. Perez had two doubles and a walk in five plate appearances.

Notes

LHP Wade Miley, sidelined since May 9 with a left oblique injury, threw a simulated game Sunday morning. He will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Biloxi. ... Zach Davies, on the DL with right rotator cuff inflammation, is expected to make a rehab start on Tuesday at Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Jhoulys Chacin (6-1) takes the mound tonight in Pittsburgh.


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