Brewers strike early, hold on to beat Phillies

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In Friday's opener, the Brewers scored eight runs in the second inning and rode that to a 9-6 victory.

"This is his first go-round in the big leagues", Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Milwaukee Brewers minus-1.5 at plus-130: $500 to win $650 : I usually don't recommend betting the home team to win by more than one run - they get one less at-bat, after all. The Brewers currently lead the Phillies, 9-6, in the bottom of the sixth.

After a first half to forget, the Phillies return to action after the All-Star break tonight in Milwaukee vs. the surprising first-place Brewers. Velasquez has been out since May 31 because of a strained flexor in his right elbow.

Brewers: OF Brett Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs after RHP Junior Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shin contusion. "The home run and the grand slam did him in". The Brewers' players know they can't lose against a weak opponent such as the Phillies, meaning a wager on the run-line isn't that bad of an idea.

The run support proved crucial for Milwaukee starter Zach Davies, who handed Philadelphia another four runs in the fifth and sixth innings with a two-RBI single from Maikel Franco and a two-run homer from Odubel Herrera. Pivetta has been overpowering hitters with his fastball that tops out at 96 mph, averaging seven strikeouts per game in his last five. That's not saying much, but he has shown that he can be a reliable big-league pitcher. There were a couple of walks that really hurt him.

The Phillies scored twice in the first, but Davies held them scoreless until the fifth.

The Phillies are 5-16 in their last 21 during game two of a series, and 0-5 in their last five Saturday games.

Carlos Torres came on to record the final two outs of the sixth inning.

"It's just part of the game", Pivetta said.

Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with a single. Travis Shaw led the way out of the break on 89 hits, 50 runs, 19 homers and 65 RBI, while Domingo Santana had 86 hits, 54 runs, 15 homers and 50 RBI.