Kendrick struggles, Phillies lose 10-4 to Brewers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Braun spoiled Ryne Sandberg's first home opener as manager of the Phillies.

Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over Philadelphia 10-4 Tuesday.

Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman, replaced Charlie Manuel last August. The new skipper enjoyed the festive atmosphere while it lasted Tuesday.

"It was a big thrill with the big crowd," Sandberg said. "It's done right here in Philadelphia. It's an exciting day but it was short-lived."

It was 1-all when Braun made the defensive play of the game. He saved two runs with a diving catch on Carlos Ruiz's sinking liner to right to end the second inning. Then he hit a three-run shot in the top of the third.

"It was a huge momentum change within two sides of an inning," Sandberg said.

Kyle Kendrick (0-1) allowed six runs — four earned — and nine hits in five innings. He served up two of Braun's homers.

"My command was off," Kendrick said. "I was up in the zone a lot, got behind in some counts."

Coming off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, 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.

The game was scheduled for Monday afternoon, but was postponed Sunday because of a rainy forecast. It was sunny and 62 degrees at first pitch, but windy enough to cancel the Navy parachuters who deliver ceremonial baseballs. Former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, now a broadcaster, threw out the first pitch. It was brought to him by his boyhood idol, Hall of Famer pitcher Steve Carlton.

The Phillies could've used them on the mound against the Brewers.

Braun came in with only three singles in 20 at-bats this season.

But the 2011 NL MVP, who is bothered by a right thumb injury, felt just fine — as usual — in Philadelphia. He has 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 20 career games at Citizens Bank Park.