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Nola sharp, Phils hit 4 HRs, rout Brewers for 6th straight win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Aaron Nola pitched eight point innings and the surging Philadelphia Phillies hit four home runs to rout the Milwaukee Brewers 10-0 on Wednesday night.

The Phillies won their record sixth of the season, five of them since interim manager Rob Thomson took over when Joe Girardi was fired on Friday.

The NL Central leaders Brewers have lost five consecutive seasons, the worst. Milwaukee scored a total of six points on their skid and was shut out three times.

Rookie Bryson Stott went 4-for-4 with a home run and a brace. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Odúbel Herrera also scored for the Phillies. Kyle Schwarber added four hits, including two doubles.

Nola (4-4), the NL leader in strikeouts, allowed four hits, didn’t walk and stoked six.

“I felt like I was ahead for the most part, but I think early starts were key tonight, and the guys came out early and scored a lot of points,” Nola said. “I tried to stay on offense all night and for the most part it worked.”

Stott and Hoskins hit two-run homers in the third against starter Adrian Houser (3-6) to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.

“Just playing every day is not the main thing, just being more comfortable and being more relaxed, of course,” Stott said.

Herrera added a solo practice in the fifth against Houser, who had allowed just three homers in 51 1/3 innings in his previous 10 starts.

Harper hit a three-run homer against Luke Barker in the ninth. The Phillies have scored six or more points in five of their six straight wins.

The Brewers have only managed to get a runner to first base once, when Christian Yelich singled and stole second at sixth. Nola ended that threat by knocking out Luis Urías.

“He threw quality shots and when we had something to hit, we didn’t hit him, or we didn’t hit hard,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: Acquisition of LHP Michael Plassmeyer and cash matches from the San Francisco Giants for C Austin Wynns. Plassmeyer will be assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brewers: SS Willy Adames enabled and INF/OF option Pablo Reyes at Triple-A Nashville. Adames has been out since suffering a sprained right ankle on May 15. He experienced pain in his right quadriceps during a rehab mission which delayed his return. … 2B Kolten Wong, who left Tuesday’s game with right calf pain, is day to day, manager Craig Counsell said.

HEY, ROOK(S)

The Phillies’ back-to-back wins on Sunday and Tuesday — with ninth-inning home runs by rookies — marked the first time the Phillies have won back-to-back games this way, in the ninth inning or later, since at least 1900. according to Elias. The homers were Stott against the Angels on Sunday and Matt Vierling against the Brewers on Tuesday. Milwaukee was 27-0 when leading after eight innings this season.

CALL IT THE STREAK

Thomson is the first major league coach to win his first five games since Jim Leyland did it for the Detroit Tigers in 2006. He’s the first Phillies coach to do so since 1915, when Pat Moran won his first eight .

NOT LOTS OF BREWING

Counsell on Brewers scoring issues: “We’re going through a tough time. We’ve got a full lineup of guys who aren’t feeling good at home plate right now, who aren’t moving well. We’ve been scoring at a really good clip for a lot of the season and so you gotta weather the storm, you gotta stay in the fight, and you gotta keep going. It will change. We know that.”

NEXT

The three-game series ends Thursday afternoon with Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (2-4, 3.88 ERA) facing Brewers RHP Corbin Burnes (3-3, 2.50 ERA).

Eflin pitched eight scoreless innings in his last start, Friday against the Angels, but allowed seven earned runs in six innings in his previous start, May 28 at the Mets. Burnes, the defending NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed eight hits and five runs over 3 2/3 innings in his last, Friday against the Padres.

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