MILWAUKEE - Kyle Lohse was finally on top of his game.
Lohse pitched eight strong innings for his first win in eight starts, Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer on his bobblehead day and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Sunday.
"I had a good slider working today," Lohse said after his longest outing of the season. "I'm finally coming back around where I can snap it off. And Maldy (catcher Martin Maldonado) called a great game and the guys played great defence. So it was just a combination of everything."
Scooter Gennett had a two-run triple for the Brewers, who took the final three games of the four-game series.
Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun left after the third inning with a sore right thumb, which has been a lingering problem for him. He struck out in his only plate appearance in the first.
"It wasn't real good to start the game and he wanted to play," manager Ron Roenicke said. "But the first at-bat wasn't good again."
Gennett's triple highlighted a four-run second inning and Gomez's homer in the sixth off starter Jonathan Pettibone was plenty of insurance for Lohse's first victory since beating San Diego on April 22.
Lohse (2-6) experienced minor hamstring tightness in his left leg after running the bases during his previous start Tuesday, but showed no ill effects. His only major hiccup was Humberto Quintero's first home run of the season, a shot into the Phillies' bullpen in right.
Lohse got off to a shaky start, though. The first two batters singled and then Ryan Howard singled with one out. But his line drive was hit hard and right at right fielder Norichika Aoki. Michael Young, who led off with a single, tried to score from second but was out at the plate on a strong throw from Aoki.
"The first inning was a little shaky," Roenicke said. "I thought it was huge the throw that Nori made to home to get us an out there. And once he got through that, command got really good."
Lohse agreed with his manager's assessment of Aoki's play.
"That got me going, because it was a little sketchy there at first, giving up some hits early," Lohse said. "But after that, kind of settled in and the guys played great defence."
The Brewers turned two double plays, one for Lohse and one for closer Jim Henderson in the ninth.
After escaping the first, Lohse faced the minimum each inning until the eighth. After two quick outs, Quintero spoiled the shutout bid with a home run. Lohse then struck out pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis.
"All his pitches, he got working," Roenicke said. "The fastball was located great, down in the zone. The sliders were all good, some nice curveballs, great changeups. But, he got it all working."
Lohse gave up four hits, walked one and struck out six.
"I've got to give Lohse some credit, too," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He knew how to pitch us. He changed speeds good. Located his fastball good. But, at the same time I feel we could have definitely hit better."
The Phillies slipped to 31-33 after opening the series with a 5-1 win that pulled them a game above .500.
Jean Segura, who came in leading the NL in hits with 82, singled home two runs in the seventh. Maldonado added a solo homer in the eighth.
Henderson, just back from a strained right hamstring, pitched a scoreless ninth.
Pettibone (3-2) allowed six runs, four earned, and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four but walked two and hit two batters with pitches in his first career start against the Brewers.
Milwaukee got to Pettibone in the second and then again in the sixth.
Logan Schafer singled in the sixth and then Gomez hit the first pitch from Pettibone into the Brewers' bullpen in left for his 11th home run of the season. After Maldonado walked, Manuel brought in Jeremy Horst.
The Brewers scored four runs in the second.
Pettibone got in trouble right away by making an error. He misplayed a bunt by Gomez, who went to second on Yuniesky Betancourt's single. Pettibone then hit Maldonado with a pitch, loading the bases.
Gomez scored on Juan Francisco's grounder to first. Gennett, who made his major league debut Tuesday night against Oakland, tripled to right-centre for the first two RBIs of his career. He scored on Lohse's sacrifice.
NOTES: Schafer pinch hit for Braun and then replaced him in left field. ... The Phillies placed C Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and selected the contract of C Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... The Brewers reinstated Henderson from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Nashville. Thornburg pitched two scoreless innings of relief Saturday night for his first major league win. ... Betancourt caught Laynce Nix's foul ball while tip-toeing down the steps of the Phillies' dugout in the fifth inning. Third base umpire Mark Carlson still signalled no play. ... The Phillies have homered in 14 consecutive games.