Wade Miley silenced the Philadelphia Phillies his first two times through the lineup.
The third time around, however, the Phillies responded emphatically.
Alec Bohm and J.T. Realmuto hit back-to-back homers off Miley to open the seventh inning and the Phillies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid being swept. Miley had pitched 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before the Phillies rallied to maintain their 2 1/2-game lead over the Cubs in a crowded NL wild-card race.
“He’s a good pitcher,” Bohm said. “It’s not the traditional stuff we’re used to seeing nowadays with the 96-97 and all that. He just knows how to pitch and gets outs, and he’s been doing it for a while. I think he left a couple of pitches over the plate, and we didn’t miss them. No matter where we’re at in this order, I feel like we can always do damage and just get your mistakes.”
Miley (7-4) didn’t allow a hit until Trea Turner delivered a shot that went off the glove of third baseman Andruw Monasterio and headed into left field for a two-out single in the sixth. Nick Castellanos followed that with an RBI double.
The veteran left-hander had thrown only 74 pitches through the first six innings and came back out for the seventh for the NL Central-leading Brewers.
“I didn’t really have a doubt about sending him out there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I just thought he was throwing the ball really well today. Obviously the inning didn’t work out.”