MILWAUKEE (AP) -Eric Lauer allowed four hits in seven innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night.
Avisaíl García hit a two-run homer on his return to the lineup, and Eduardo Escobar knocked in three races as the Brewers maintained their 11-game franchise record in NL Central over the Cincinnati Reds. Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich added two RBIs each.
READ MORE: ‘Everything was just a mess:’ Philadelphia College students talk about fleeing Kabul
Philadelphia fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, who beat the Washington Nationals 8-5.
The Phillies had won all five of their previous matchups with the Brewers this season, including a four-game sweep in Philadelphia in May and a 12-0 blowout in Milwaukee on Monday.
But they could not do much of anything against Lauer.
Lauer (5-5) knocked out five and went one to continue his sizzling September. He has given up a run and allowed just seven hits over 14 innings in two starts this month.
He pitched so well that the Brewers let him beat for himself with the bases filled and two outs in a 3-0 game in the sixth inning. Lauer rewarded the team’s faith in him by drawing a walk to trigger a three-run.
Hunter Strickland and Miguel Sánchez worked the final two innings to complete the five-hit closure.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola (7-8) gave up three runs and six hits on five innings while hitting six out and going none. The Brewers put the game away by scoring seven runs against the Phillies’ bullpen.
The Brewers opened the scoring in the third as Escobar struck home two runs with a ground-rule double on the ninth lane of his at-bat. Escobar’s drive hit dirt in the left field and jumped into the stands in ugly area. Lauer single-handedly, and Wong doubled earlier in inning.
READ MORE: Chester County residents are still waiting for the state, federal aid as cleanup efforts continue after Ida
Christian Yelich knocked in Escobar with a single in the middle to make it 3-0.
Milwaukee added three more runs in sixth off reliever Ramón Rosso who kept the inning alive by going Lauer on five lanes with the bases filled. Kolten Wong followed with a two-run single.
García broke the game up in the seventh with his 423-foot-long drive to the left of Cam Bedrosian. The Brewers added two more races in the eighth against Enyel De Los Santos
WONG RETURNS LIKE A NEW FATHER
Wong returned to the team from the paternity list and beat the leadoff. His wife, Alissa, gave birth to a boy named Kash Kaha on Saturday.
Brewers selected supplyman Tim Lopes for Triple-A Nashville.
García returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Thursday after dealing with leg and back problems. He had entered Sunday’s match in a razor-sharp appearance. … Brewery manager Craig Counsell said he expects C Manny Piña (slanted) to return from the list of injured this weekend.
MORE NEWS: Man found dead behind Burlington County grocery store, prosecutors say
Kyle Gibson (10-6, 3.30 ERA) will line up for the Phillies against Freddy Peralta (9-4, 2.70) when the three-game series ends Wednesday.