By Marissa Hatlen
With Ryan Braun back in the lineup for the first time since Tuesday, the Brewers’ offense lit up Saturday night to snap their losing streak and nab a win over Philadelphia, 9-8. Braun went 3 for 3 on his return from a minor injury this week and drove in four of the Brewers’ first six runs, including a two-run homer in the fifth.
It was a shaky road to victory for Milwaukee, despite stretching the team’s early lead to 6-0 by the fifth inning. The Phillies answered with their first run of the night in the bottom of the fifth, and by the end of the seventh inning, they had closed the gap to 8-5. Cameron Rupp smashed a three-run homer off Brewers pitcher Jacob Barnes in the eighth to tie it up, but Carlos Santana quickly put Milwaukee back over the top with a base hit RBI. The Brewers held on to their 9-8 lead the rest of the night to edge their lead in the division standings to one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs.