Woodruff nearly perfect through 8, Brewers beat Phillies 9-1

Brandon Woodruff allowed a solo homer but was otherwise perfect over eight innings, Christian Yelich hit his NL-leading 21st home run and the Milwaukee Brewers went deep five times in a 9-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Woodruff (7-1) retired his first 15 batters before Andrew Knapp opened the sixth with his first homer.

Ben Gamel had two homers for the Brewers, and Hernán Pérez and Yasmani Grandal also went long.

Woodruff struck out a career-high 10, fanning the final batter in each of his innings while matching a career high with 24 outs — a mark he set in his previous outing against Atlanta. Woodruff has won 6 of 8 starts since his only loss on April 10.

Woodruff also drove in two runs with a single and double, raising his average to .370.

Matt Albers finished with a perfect ninth.

Yelich opened a four-run fifth with a drive to left off Vince Velasquez. Pérez added his fifth homer, and Woodruff capped the inning with an RBI single to put the Brewers up 7-0.

Velasquez, activated off the injured list Friday and moved to the bullpen, allowed four runs, five hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Gamel hit his third homer to open the third off Zach Eflin (5-5), who allowed three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.


Brewers: C Manny Piña, on the 10-day IL (right hamstring strain) will not accompany the team to Minnesota as originally planned due to a chance of inclement weather. Piña will remain in Milwaukee, then is expected to begin at rehab assignment at Class A Wisconsin on Tuesday. He could rejoin the Brewers later in the week in Pittsburgh.


Phillies: After a day off Monday, RHP Nick Pivetta (2-1, 8.35 ERA) will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his first start for Philadephia since April 16.

Brewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.39 ERA) opens the two-game series at Minnesota on Monday. Gonzalez is making his sixth start since being signed as a free agent on April 27.


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