MLB Phillies stun Josh Hader, Brewers with two ninth-inning HRs

Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling homered in the ninth inning for the first runs all season off Milwaukee closer Josh Hader as the visiting Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Bohm tied it with a leadoff homer, off Hader (0-1), who Sunday tied the major league record of 40 consecutive scoreless appearances, dating back to last July 28. It was Bohm’s fourth home run of the year.

After Bryson Stott flied out, pinch hitter Vierling ripped a 1-2 pitch 416 feet to left-center for his first homer. It was the first blown save for Hader, who had converted his first 18 opportunities this season and 32 straight overall.

Corey Knebel walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but he struck out Pablo Reyes for his 10th save in 13 chances. Phillies starter Ranger Suarez allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none. Connor Brogdon (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth.

Philadelphia, coming off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, is unbeaten in four games under interim manager Rob Thomson, who took over when Joe Girardi was fired last week.

Jason Alexander, making his second big league start for Milwaukee, battled through five innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks but left with a 2-1 lead. Hoby Milner, Brad Boxberger and Devin Williams each followed with a scoreless inning before Hader took over.

Milwaukee went up 2-1 in the fourth. Christian Yelich singled to open the frame and advanced on a wild pitch with two outs. Rowdy Tellez then sliced an opposite-field double to left.

Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but J.T. Realmuto bounced into an inning-ending double play.

The Phillies tied it 1-1 in the third on Bryce Harper’s sacrifice fly to left.

Milwaukee scored in the first when Yelich dribbled an infield single to the left side and Andrew McCutchen followed with a double to left.

–Field Level Media

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