MILWAUKEE — The All-Star break didn’t slow the Milwaukee Brewers’ momentum at all.
Ryan Braun hit a grand slam off the scoreboard in center field and Orlando Arcia added a three-run homer in the Brewers’ eight-run second inning, helping the National League Central Division leaders beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Friday night at Miller Park.
The Brewers, who have won seven of their past eight games, trailed 2-0 after one inning. Nick Pivetta (2-5) struck out his first four batters, but the Brewers then got on top of his fastball.
After Travis Shaw became Pivetta’s fourth strikeout victim to open the second inning, Domingo Santana doubled to left.
Then the floodgates opened. Seven more batters reached — and all plus Santana scored — before Shaw flied out to deep center for the second out.
“When he was in the stretch things changed, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Pivetta. “That can happen. To me, that’s what really changed it, getting him into the stretch.”
Keon Broxton snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a run-scoring single in the second, and Arcia hit his ninth home run.
Braun crushed the first pitch for his sixth career grand slam, most in franchise history. Braun had shared the mark with Jeromy Burnitz, John Jaha and Cecil Cooper, the latter of whom was on hand for a reunion of the 1982 American League championship team.
The eight runs in an inning was a season high for Milwaukee.
Pivetta gave up nine runs over five innings, more than in any of his previous 11 starts.
The Brewers, who are a season-high 10 games above .500 at 51-41, maintained their 5½- game lead over the Chicago Cubs, who prevailed 9-8 over the Baltimore Orioles after blowing an 8-0 lead.
Milwaukee’s Zach Davies (11-4) won his fourth straight start, but he labored through the first and fifth innings before being pulled with one out and two on in the sixth. He was charged with six runs, five earned. The right-hander allowed seven hits and walked a season-high five batters.
“This is another speed bump to the year, but you’ve got to kind of just ride it out,” Davies said.
Davies entered the day with the third-best run support among regular starting pitchers. The outing bumped Davies’ ERA up to 5.08 in 19 starts.
The Phillies scored twice in the first, but Davies held them scoreless until the fifth. Philadelphia made it 8-4 when Maikel Franco drove in his second run of the game, and another run scored on center fielder Broxton’s fielding error.
Manny Pina drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Davies walked three and gave up Odubel Herrera’s two-run homer. Carlos Torres came on and got out of the sixth.
Jared Hughes, Josh Hader and Jacob Barnes pitched scoreless relief. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 15th save. He struck out Tommy Joseph for his 44th consecutive appearance with a strikeout to start the season, a major league record.
Franco went 4-for-5 and stayed hot at Miller Park. He came in 7-for-13 with three home runs and eight RBIs at the stadium.
From the infirmary
Brewers outfielder Brett Phillips was recalled from Class AAA Colorado Springs after right-hander Junior Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shin contusion.
Infielder Eric Sogard (left ankle strain) took batting practice, but nothing more.
“We haven’t got him on the ground running yet, which is something we need to do,” Counsell said.
Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr doubled in the fifth, but left the game with a right hamstring strain after legging out the hit. Cameron Perkins pinch ran and replaced him in right field.
Right-hander Vince Velasquez (right elbow flexor strain) made a successful rehab start and could return for the three-game series starting Monday against the Marlins.
Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (6-6, 3.59 ERA) makes his 13th start of the season and fifth career against the Brewers. He is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA facing Milwaukee.
Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson (8-4, 3.30 ERA) makes his 19th start of the season and fourth career against the Phillies. He is 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA facing Philadelphia.