MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies came into their four-game series against Milwaukee with a lot of momentum. Now, they'll have to generate some again.
Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer on his bobblehead day, Scooter Gennett had a two-run triple and Kyle Lohse pitched eight strong innings for his first win in eight starts to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Philadelphia 9-1 on Sunday.
Milwaukee took the final three games of the four-game series after the Phillies had won a season-high five straight to move above .500 for the first time all season.
``We win five,' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``All of a sudden, we lost three. We've got to stick with it.'
Things looked promising in the first inning for Philadelphia.
Michael Young and Ben Revere singled to start the game. Ryan Howard then hit a line-drive single with one out. The problem was he hit it too hard and right at right fielder Norichika Aoki. Young tried to score from second but was out at the plate on a strong throw from Aoki.
``I thought it was huge, the throw that Nori made to home to get us an out there,' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. ``And once (Lohse) got through that, command got really good.'
Manuel was impressed with how Lohse, who gave up four hits, walked one and struck out six, handled the Phillies.
``I've got to give Lohse some credit, too,' Manuel said. ``He knew how to pitch us. He changed speeds good. Located his fastball good. But, at the same time I feel we could have definitely hit better.'
The three-game skid dropped Philadelphia's record to 31-33.
``We've just got to keep our heads up and keep going,' Manuel said. ``That's all we can do. Actually, that's what we should do. We've got to stay up and just keep playing. We'll see if we can't take it out on Minnesota.'
The Phillies open a three-game series Tuesday against the Twins in Minnesota.
After escaping the first, Lohse (2-6) faced the minimum three batters each inning until the eighth. After two quick outs, Humberto Quintero spoiled the shutout bid with a home run. Lohse struck out pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis to end the inning.
Gennett's triple highlighted a four-run second inning and Gomez's homer in the sixth off starter Jonathan Pettibone was plenty of insurance for Lohse's first victory since beating San Diego on April 22.
Jean Segura, who came in leading the NL in hits with 82, singled home two runs in the seventh. Martin Maldonado added a solo homer in the eighth.
Jim Henderson, just back from a strained right hamstring, pitched a scoreless ninth.
Pettibone (3-2) allowed six runs, four earned, and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four but walked two and hit two batters with pitches in his first career start against the Brewers. It was just the second game in which he allowed four or more runs this season.
Milwaukee got to Pettibone in the second and then again in the sixth.
Logan Schafer singled in the sixth and then Gomez hit the first pitch from Pettibone into the Brewers' bullpen in left for his 11th home run of the season. After Maldonado walked, Manuel brought in Jeremy Horst.
The Brewers scored four runs in the second.
Pettibone got in trouble right away by making an error. He misplayed a bunt by Gomez, who went to second on Yuniesky Betancourt's single. Pettibone then hit Maldonado with a pitch, loading the bases.
Gomez scored on Juan Francisco's grounder to first. Gennett, who made his major league debut Tuesday night against Oakland, tripled to right-center for the first two RBIs of his career. He scored on Lohse's sacrifice.
NOTES: Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun left after the third inning with a sore right thumb, which has been a lingering problem for him. He struck out in his only plate appearance. Schafer pinch hit for Braun and then replaced him in left field. ... The Phillies placed C Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and selected the contract of C Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... The Phillies are 8-25 when scoring fewer than four runs this season, compared to 23-7 when scoring four or more. ... Betancourt caught Laynce Nix's foul ball while tip-toeing down the steps of the Phillies' dugout in the fifth inning. Third base umpire Mark Carlson still signaled no play. ... The Phillies have homered in 14 consecutive games.
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