Nola pitches 6 shutout innings, Phillies beat Brewers

- Aaron Nola pitched six scoreless innings and matched his career high with nine strikeouts and the Philadelphia Phillies backed him with three home runs Sunday in an 8-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Makiel Franco homered in the third, then Jimmy Paredes and Cameron Rupp hit back-to-back shots during a five-run fifth.

Nola (5-4), who turned 23 on Saturday, maneuvered out of several jams. The Brewers stranded 10 runners against him, including seven in scoring position.

Nola gave up eight hits and left with a 2.65 ERA.

Wily Peralta (3-7) allowed five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. The last batter he faced was rookie Tommy Joseph, who hit an RBI double -- it was initially ruled a home run before being overturned due to fan interference.

Reliever Neil Ramirez then gave up home runs to his first two batters as Rupp followed Paredes' three-run drive with another shot. It was the first time this season the Phillies hit back-to-back homers.

The Phillies led 3-0 when Odubel Herrera, who had four hits, singled to begin the big fifth. Philadelphia matched its season high with 13 hits.

Franco hit his 10th home run and second in four games.

The Brewers avoided the shutout with an RBI single from Ramon Flores in the eighth.


Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was irritated Sunday and it had nothing to do with his on-field struggles. At the end of Saturday's 6-3 loss to Milwaukee, a fan threw a beer bottle that landed near Howard's feet.

"I've done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff," Howard told reporters prior to Sunday's game. "If you want to yell out ... that's whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that's when stuff gets personal."

Police are investigating the matter.

Howard, a three-time All-Star who's been with the Phillies for more than a decade, has not started the last five games, ending Saturday's contest with a pinch-hit groundout to the pitcher. He's batting .151 this season with eight homers and 19 RBIs. He didn't play Sunday.


Brewers: Open a two-game set at home vs. Oakland on Tuesday with Milwaukee's Zach Davies (3-3, 4.53) opposing Sean Manaea (2-3, 6.16).

Phillies: Adam Morgan (1-4, 7.07) opposes fellow southpaw Jon Lester (6-3, 2-29) as Philadelphia hosts a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs starting Monday night.

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