Manager Craig Counsell’s club had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before things fell apart. Reliever Dan Jennings walked in a run, which was followed by a sac fly for another run and finally the Crew was unable to turn a double play allowing a third run to score. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun got his team within one with an RBI single in the eighth inning but they couldn’t find the tying run.
The Brewers struggled against Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin, who improved to 3-2 with the win. He made it six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits and striking out nine.
Milwaukee’s falter in the fifth overshadowed what was a good start for Brandon Woodruff. Called up earlier in the day, he went four innings and allowed just one hit and one unearned run. Counsell chose to pinch-hit for Woodruff in the fifth with the bases loaded, ending his day after just 67 pitches.
For the Brewers, the game marked the end of an 8-game road trip in which they went 5-3. With Chicago’s loss in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee maintained its 1/2 game lead on the Cubs as the two teams get ready for a 3-game series at Miller Park starting on Monday.