Yelich goes deep twice, Brewers beat Phillies 11-3
PHILADELPHIA — Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers to help Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3 Thursday.
Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas also went deep as the Brewers won their third in a row after losing the series opener against the NL East-leading Phillies.
Davies (5-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in six innings. He pitched out of trouble often because of four errors behind him.
Yelich homered to right-center in the first for a 1-0 lead off Zach Eflin (5-4). He added a solo drive off Edgar Garcia in the eighth to make it 8-3. The reigning NL MVP has three of his five career multi-homer games this season.
Yelich had three hits and scored three times, and is batting .342.
Grandal hit a three-run shot off Seranthony Dominguez in the seventh and Moustakas took Austin Davis deep in the ninth.
Jean Segura hit a solo homer for the Phillies.
Eflin gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. He tossed two complete games in his previous three starts, including a four-hitter last Saturday at Kansas City.
Davies helped himself at the plate, too. He doubled and scored in the third, and got an RBI with a bunt single in the fourth.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler moved slumping Bryce Harper up from the No. 3 spot in the batting order to second. Harper went 1 for 4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .180 (9 for 50) with 20 strikeouts in May.
Segura is batting .500 (17 for 34) with three homers in the first inning this season.
Yelich, Moustakas and Ryan Braun each were hit by pitches.
Brewers: C Manny Pina was placed on the 10-day injury list with a right hamstring strain. … C Jacob Nottingham was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio to take his roster spot.
Phillies: INF Scott Kingery had his rehab transferred to Double-A Reading. He went on the injury list with a strained right hamstring on April 20.
Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-4, 4.57 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta on Friday night. He’s 2-4, 3.69 in seven career starts vs. the Braves.
Phillies: LHP Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.29) makes his second career start in the opener of a three-game set vs. the Rockies.