Eflin fans 9, Phillies down Brewers 4-3 to snap 4-game skid

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It was raining, the radar was all green, minus the small blobs of yellow and red, and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell decided to gamble.

But lifting Brandon Woodruff for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning backfired. The big inning never came, the heavy rain didn't either, and the Philadelphia Phillies did just enough against the bullpen to win 4-3 Sunday.

Zach Eflin tied his career high with nine strikeouts over six innings and the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak.

''Look, he was throwing the ball really good,'' Counsell said of Woodruff, who had allowed one unearned run and one hit in four innings in his return from the minors. ''It's a big scoring opportunity, there's a threat of rain, so we made a call to try to score runs that inning. It didn't work. I would do it again.''

Rhys Hoskins drove in two runs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run fifth off reliever Dan Jennings (3-2) in the Phillies' fourth win in 14 games.

''It was huge. We needed a (W) today,'' said J.P. Crawford, who had two of the Phillies' four hits.

Ryan Braun saved a run with a diving catch, doubled to spark a two-run fifth, and had an RBI single in the eighth for the Brewers, who had won two straight.

Eflin (3-2) had his second strong start after two subpar outings, allowing two runs and three hits with one walk.

''We played a good game today,'' Eflin said. ''I think that's the biggest thing, being able to stop a team that's picking on you a little bit.''

The Brewers were also done in by 14 strikeouts, shoddy defense and wasted chances.

Milwaukee left the tying run at third in each of the final two innings. Seranthony Dominguez got Jonathan Villar to ground out to the mound to end the eighth, and Christian Yelich grounded to second for the final out to give Tommy Hunter his first save.

A downpour in the bottom of the first tapered to a drizzle, but with 1 to 2 inches of rain in the forecast, it appeared both managers were preparing for a shortened game.

Gabe Kapler moved the Phillies' infield in with a runner on third while up 1-0 in the fifth. Counsell then pinch-hit for Woodruff with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth.

Hernan Perez struck out before the Brewers took a 2-1 lead with the help of two hit batters, a bases-loaded walk to Yelich and Lorenzo Cain's comebacker that glanced off Eflin.

Jennings then immediately got into trouble.

Third baseman Travis Shaw's error led to two unearned runs. Woodruff's own bad pickoff throw led to the Phillies' first run in the first.

''We gave them their runs,'' Counsell said.

The rain picked up in the seventh, but there were no stoppages and the Brewers' offense was stymied after outscoring Philadelphia 24-7 in the first two games of the series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Eric Thames (left thumb) started in left field for Triple-A Colorado Springs in what was expected to be his final rehab game. He could be activated Monday.

Phillies: Slumping 3B Maikel Franco, who also has been ill, according to Kapler, was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game.

BRAUN'S BIG WEEKEND

Braun robbed Nick Williams by bellying out to grab his liner to left with a runner on second. Braun went 6 for 12 with a double, triple, two home runs and seven RBIs in the series. He's hitting .406 in his career at Citizens Bank Park.

TRIBUTE MINUS DYKSTRA

Many members of the 1993 Phillies were honored for the 25th anniversary of their World Series title. But there was a notable absence.

The team's star, Lenny Dykstra, was uninvited after his most recent arrest last month on charges of making terroristic threats to an Uber driver, and drug possession. Dykstra previously served prison time.

MARRY ME?

Paul Fletcher, who pitched 1/3 inning for the 1993 Phillies, proposed to his girlfriend after the fourth inning. She said yes.

HERO SENT DOWN

Ji-Man Choi, who hit the go-ahead, pinch-hit grand slam Saturday, was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Woodruff.

UP NEXT

Brewers: First place in the NL Central is on the line as the Cubs visit Milwaukee for a three-game series. RHP Junior Guerra (3-4, 2.83 ERA) starts Monday night against Chicago LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.20).

Phillies: Ace RHP Aaron Nola (7-2, 2.35) starts Tuesday night against Colorado RHP Jon Gray (6-6, 5.66) to start a three-game home series.

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  • W: Z. Eflin (3-2)L: D. Jennings (3-2)S: T. Hunter (1)
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C. Yelich RF41110112.310.379.486.8643.5
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T. Shaw 3B40100010.248.341.500.8410.5
R. Braun LF41210010.249.305.467.7724.5
J. Villar 2B40100013.275.321.396.7172.5
M. Pina C31000021.213.282.348.6301.0
E. Sogard SS30000010.114.222.152.3740.5
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J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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c- D. Santana PH10100000.258.325.365.6901.0
  • a-struck out for Woodruff in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Jennings in the 7th
  • c-singled for Jeffress in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B31110123.265.378.399.7773.0
R. Hoskins LF30020000.235.359.426.7852.0
O. Herrera CF40010011.288.350.436.7860.5
C. Santana 1B30000111.221.342.432.7740.5
S. Kingery SS30000101.212.270.318.5883.0
N. Williams RF40000011.220.281.411.692-0.5
J. Crawford 3B41200010.197.274.329.6033.5
T. Hunter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Knapp C21000101.162.276.189.4652.0
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J. Valentin 3B00000000.182.182.182.3640.0
  • a-singled for Eflin in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain (13), R. Braun (11)
  • RBI - L. Cain (21), C. Yelich (28), R. Braun (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain (7), C. Yelich (16), R. Braun (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Crawford (4)
  • SF - R. Hoskins (3)
  • SH - Z. Eflin (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (22), R. Hoskins 2 (33), O. Herrera (33)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Kingery (5)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Shaw (6), B. Woodruff
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff4.01102305.011.2910.5
D. Jennings (L, 3-2)2.03312103.381.41-4.5
J. Barnes1.00000102.161.403.5
J. Jeffress1.00000100.570.793.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff4.0
D. Jennings (L, 3-2)2.0
J. Barnes1.0
J. Jeffress1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 3-2)6.03221903.631.1826.5
S. Dominguez (H, 7)2.03110401.500.394.0
L. Garcia (H, 10)0.22000103.650.93-1.5
T. Hunter (S, 1)0.10000004.321.387.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 3-2)6.0
S. Dominguez (H, 7)2.0
L. Garcia (H, 10)0.2
T. Hunter (S, 1)0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 67-42, D. Jennings 36-21, J. Barnes 17-11, J. Jeffress 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 4-5, D. Jennings 5-2, J. Barnes 2-0, J. Jeffress 2-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 15, D. Jennings 13, J. Barnes 3, J. Jeffress 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - Z. Eflin 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 94-60, S. Dominguez 41-31, L. Garcia 11-8, T. Hunter 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 6-3, S. Dominguez 2-0, T. Hunter 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 24, S. Dominguez 9, L. Garcia 4, T. Hunter
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Cain CF50210010.284.384.432.8173.5
C. Yelich RF41110112.310.379.486.8643.5
J. Aguilar 1B40000044.290.361.544.905-2.0
T. Shaw 3B40100010.248.341.500.8410.5
R. Braun LF41210010.249.305.467.7724.5
J. Villar 2B40100013.275.321.396.7172.5
M. Pina C31000021.213.282.348.6301.0
E. Sogard SS30000010.114.222.152.3740.5
B. Woodruff P10000010.167.167.167.333-0.5
a- H. Perez PH10000013.243.267.348.614-0.5
D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
b- O. Arcia PH10000000.207.244.274.5190.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Woodruff in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Jennings in the 7th
  • c-singled for Jeffress in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B31110123.265.378.399.7773.0
R. Hoskins LF30020000.235.359.426.7852.0
O. Herrera CF40010011.288.350.436.7860.5
C. Santana 1B30000111.221.342.432.7740.5
S. Kingery SS30000101.212.270.318.5883.0
N. Williams RF40000011.220.281.411.692-0.5
J. Crawford 3B41200010.197.274.329.6033.5
T. Hunter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Knapp C21000101.162.276.189.4652.0
Z. Eflin P11000000.231.231.462.6921.0
a- A. Altherr PH10100000.189.314.340.6541.0
S. Dominguez P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Valentin 3B00000000.182.182.182.3640.0
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  • a-singled for Eflin in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain (13), R. Braun (11)
  • RBI - L. Cain (21), C. Yelich (28), R. Braun (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain (7), C. Yelich (16), R. Braun (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Crawford (4)
  • SF - R. Hoskins (3)
  • SH - Z. Eflin (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (22), R. Hoskins 2 (33), O. Herrera (33)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Villar (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Kingery (5)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Shaw (6), B. Woodruff
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff4.01102305.011.2910.5
D. Jennings (L, 3-2)2.03312103.381.41-4.5
J. Barnes1.00000102.161.403.5
J. Jeffress1.00000100.570.793.5
Total8.0441460---
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff4.0
D. Jennings (L, 3-2)2.0
J. Barnes1.0
J. Jeffress1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 3-2)6.03221903.631.1826.5
S. Dominguez (H, 7)2.03110401.500.394.0
L. Garcia (H, 10)0.22000103.650.93-1.5
T. Hunter (S, 1)0.10000004.321.387.0
Total9.08331140---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 3-2)6.0
S. Dominguez (H, 7)2.0
L. Garcia (H, 10)0.2
T. Hunter (S, 1)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 67-42, D. Jennings 36-21, J. Barnes 17-11, J. Jeffress 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 4-5, D. Jennings 5-2, J. Barnes 2-0, J. Jeffress 2-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 15, D. Jennings 13, J. Barnes 3, J. Jeffress 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - Z. Eflin 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 94-60, S. Dominguez 41-31, L. Garcia 11-8, T. Hunter 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 6-3, S. Dominguez 2-0, T. Hunter 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 24, S. Dominguez 9, L. Garcia 4, T. Hunter
  • 8TH INNING
    Braun singled to center, Yelich scored, Shaw to third34
  • 5TH INNING
    Herrera reached on fielder's choice to first, Eflin scored, Hernandez out at second24
    Hoskins hit sacrifice fly to center, Knapp scored, Eflin to third23
    Hernandez walked, Crawford scored, Knapp to third, Eflin to second22
    Yelich walked, Pina scored, Sogard to third, Cain to second21
    Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop, Braun scored, Pina to third, Sogard to second11
  • 1ST INNING
    Hoskins grounded out to shortstop, Hernandez scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luis Garcia relieved Seranthony Dominguez
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard flied out to deep center
    • Domingo Santana hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • D. Santana: Santana singled to center
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cain doubled to left, Santana to third
    • Tommy Hunter pitching
    • Jesmuel Valentin at third base
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Dominguez Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Yelich reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw singled to center, Yelich to third
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Braun singled to center, Yelich scored, Shaw to third
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Jacob Barnes
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kingery grounded out to third
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Seranthony Dominguez pitching
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
    • Orlando Arcia hit for Dan Jennings
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jacob Barnes pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins grounded out to third
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Jennings Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to third
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Williams grounded out to second
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford doubled to deep right center
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Knapp walked
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Zach Eflin
    • A. Altherr: Altherr reached on an infield single to shortstop, Crawford to third, Knapp to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Braun doubled to deep right center
    • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to first, Braun to third
    • M. Pina: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pina hit by pitch
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard hit by pitch, Pina to second
    • Hernan Perez hit for Brandon Woodruff
    • H. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop, Braun scored, Pina to third, Sogard to second
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Yelich walked, Pina scored, Sogard to third, Cain to second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Crawford singled to center
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Knapp safe at first on 3rd baseman Shaw fielding error, Crawford to second
    • Z. Eflin: Eflin hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Crawford to third, Knapp to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked, Crawford scored, Knapp to third, Eflin to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins hit sacrifice fly to center, Knapp scored, Eflin to third
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to first, Eflin scored, Hernandez out at second
    • C. Santana: Santana popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Shaw grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to left
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kingery walked
    • N. Williams: Ball, Kingery stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Williams lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Woodruff struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cain grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Eflin grounded out to first
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw lined out to right
    • R. Braun: Braun flied out to deep center
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Villar singled to left
    • M. Pina: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Villar stole second, Strike looking, Pina popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Foul, Foul, Williams grounded out to second
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Crawford struck out on foul tip
    • A. Knapp: Knapp flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Cain grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez singled to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hernandez to third on pitcher Woodruff fielding error, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop, Hernandez scored
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera lined out to center
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery grounded into fielder's choice to third, Santana out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)