Phillies tag Hader for 2 HRs in 9th, rally past Brewers 3-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling homered off Josh Hader in the ninth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 for their fifth straight win.

Milwaukee held a 2-1 lead in the ninth with its All-Star closer on the mound. Hader hadn’t blown a save or allowed a run in 19 previous appearances this year. Bohm belted a lead-off homer off Hader, snapping his streak of 40 straight scoreless appearances dating to last season. Then Vierling went deep with two outs in his first major league at-bat since May 10.

The Phillies are 4-0 since they fired manager Joe Girardi. Milwaukee has lost four in a row.

The Brewers started the game with good hitting in the first inning, but only managed to bring home one run on an RBI double from Andrew McCutchen. Rowdy Tellez brought Christian Yelich home in the fourth inning with an RBI double of his own.

Tellez, Yellich, McCutchen and Pablo Reyes were the only Milwaukee batters who managed a hit Tuesday. Reyes had one and the others each had two. Phillies starter Ranger Suárez shut down the Crew, striking out five over seven innings of work. The Philadelphia bullpen allowed only one hit in the final two innings.

With the exception of Hader, the Brewers’ pitching staff had a good night. Jason Alexander started and allowed only one run in five innings of work. Hoby Milner, Brad Boxberger and Devin Williams each pitched one inning in relief and did not allow a single hit.

Milwaukee is now only a half-game ahead of St. Louis for first place in the NL Central. The team still owns the fourth-best record in the National League.

The Brewers and Phillies will square off in the second game of a three-game series starting at 7:10 p.m. CT Wednesday. Adrian Houser (3-5, 3.51) will start for Milwaukee against right-hander Aaron Nola (3-4, 3.92).