Emerging from a 65 game suspension for PED use, starting slowly in 2014 with just three hits in 20 at bats and working through a bothersome thumb injury, Ryan Braun had it all come together Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia. Braun smashed three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven runs batted in as the Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Philadelphia Phillies 10-4, spoiling their home opener at Citizen's Bank Ballpark. Braun hit two homers with two men on, added a solo shot and also made a diving catch in right field, much to the delight of the jeering Philly fans. Braun had plenty of help as Milwaukee piled up 15 hits in the victory. Jonathan Lucroy went three for five, Carlos Gomez, Mark Reynolds and Scooter Gennett each had two hits. The offense was welcome for starting pitcher Kyle Lohse who struggled with control but still picked up the win. Lohse went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with an uncharacteristic five walks. The bullpen held the fort and Jim Henderson finished up with a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts. The Brewers have reeled off four straight wins and share the NL Central lead at 5-2 with Pittsburgh. Milwaukee is also three for three in home openers, winning their own against Atlanta, beating the Red Sox at Fenway last Friday and now the Phillies. Game two will feature Matt Garza against Roberto Hernandez.
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