PHILADELPHIA – All Ryan Braun needed to shake his slump was a trip to Philadelphia.
Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBI to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-4 victory Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies’ home opener.
Braun connected twice off Kyle Kendrick (0-1), snapping the longest homerless drought of his career. The 2011 NL MVP came in with only three singles in 20 at-bats this season.
But Braun, who is bothered by a right thumb injury, felt just fine – as usual – in Philadelphia. He has 10 homers and 21 RBI in 20 career games at Citizens Bank Park.
It’s a good ballpark to hit in, Braun said. And, I enjoy competing against Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.
Coming off a three-game sweep of Boston, the Brewers won their fourth straight game and improved to 5-2.
Kyle Lohse (1-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, walking five.
Braun was booed in his first game in Philly since serving a 65-game suspension for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
NATIONALS 5, MARLINS 0: In Washington, Gio Gonzalez threw six crisp innings to lead Washington.
Led by Giancarlo Stanton, Florida is averaging a majors-best six runs a game, but they couldn’t solve Gonzalez or four relievers.
GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3: In San Francisco, Michael Morse hit a two-run single to back Tim Hudson’s eight-inning gem and Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for San Francisco.
METS 4, BRAVES 0: In Atlanta, Bartolo Colon combined with two relievers on an eight-hitter and Ruben Tejada drove in two runs with two hits for New York.
ORIOLES 14, YANKEES 5: In New York, Delmon Young, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters homered as Baltimore teed off for 20 hits.
RANGERS 10, RED SOX 7: In Boston, Robinson Chirinos started a five-run third inning with his first homer of the season and Boston hit into five double plays.
BLUE JAYS 5, ASTROS 2: In Toronto, Melky Cabrera homered for the fourth straight game, Jose Bautista also went deep and the Toronto handed Houston its fifth loss in six games.
RAYS 1, ROYALS 0: In Kansas City, Mo., James Loney hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Tampa Bay.
INDIANS 8, PADRES 6: In Cleveland, David Murphy hit a three-run homer and had four RBI and Cleveland took advantage of San Diego’s sloppiness.