Late three-run error sends Brewers past Phillies

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Sep 1, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta (51) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at American Family Field.
Sep 1, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta (51) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at American Family Field.
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The Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs on an eighth-inning error and held on for a 7-5 win against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.

Milwaukee fell behind 5-3 on a three-run homer by Trea Turner in the top of the eighth before loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame against Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado (0-1).

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After pinch hitter Tyrone Taylor drew a run-scoring walk, Jeff Hoffman took over for Alvarado on the mound. Hoffman struck out Willy Adames and then got Owen Miller to hit a grounder to third, but the ball got under the backhand of third baseman Alec Bohm, clearing the bases for a 7-5 lead.

Adames earlier hit a three-run homer for the Brewers (75-59), who extended their lead in the NL Central to 3 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs (72-63).

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Brewers starter Freddy Peralta allowed one run and two hits in six innings. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.

Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He also struck out 10 without issuing a walk.

Kyle Schwarber homered for Philadelphia (74-60), which holds a 2 1/2-game lead over the Cubs for the top NL wild-card spot.

Schwarber led off the game with a home run, fouling off three straight two-strike pitches before slamming his 38th long ball of the season deep over the fence in right.

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Wheeler retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before William Contreras and Carlos Santana singled to start the fourth. One out later, Adames sent an 0-1 pitch over the fence in center for a 3-1 lead.

Peralta settled in after the leadoff homer and retired 18 of the final 19 batters he faced.

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Milwaukee reliever Joel Payamps took over in the eighth with a two-run lead. He gave up a leadoff walk to Bohm, followed by a single by J.T. Realmuto. Brandon Marsh then came through with an RBI single to make it 3-2.

Payamps got the next two outs and was then replaced by closer Devin Williams (8-3), who surrendered the three-run homer to Turner that moved the Phillies ahead 5-3.

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—Field Level Media