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Originally published April 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM | Page modified April 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

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Brewers’ Ryan Braun ends his slump with 3-homer game

Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven runs batted in to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-4 victory Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies’ home opener.


The Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA — All Ryan Braun needed to shake his slump was a trip to Philadelphia.

Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven runs batted in to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-4 victory Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies’ home opener.

Braun connected twice off Kyle Kendrick (0-1), snapping the longest homerless drought of his career. The 2011 NL MVP came in with only three singles in 20 at-bats this season.

But Braun, who is bothered by a right thumb injury, felt just fine — as usual — in Philadelphia. He has 10 homers and 21 RBI in 20 career games at Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s a good ballpark to hit in,” Braun said. “And, I enjoy competing against Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.”

Coming off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Brewers won their fourth straight game and improved to 5-2.

Braun was booed in his first game in Philly since serving a 65-game suspension for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. He also got an earful last week in Boston.

“He’s a special player,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “There’s no better way to silence the crowd.”

Notes

Hank Aaron was honored before the Atlanta Braves game against the New York Mets with a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run, the one that pushed him past Babe Ruth and gave him the major-league record.

Aaron, 80, was given a standing ovation in the ceremony before the game. Aaron broke Ruth’s record with his homer on April 8, 1974, off the Dodgers’ Al Downing.

Downing attended the ceremony and threw out the first pitch.

• Miami right-hander Jacob Turner strained his pitching shoulder during batting practice and will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against Washington.

• Cincinnati scratched pitcher Mat Latos from an injury-rehabilitation start due to right elbow irritation and placed reliever Trevor Bell on the 15-day disabled list with an aching right elbow

• Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has undergone a cleanup procedure on his left knee and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

• Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury and will see Dr. James Andrews for further exams after an MRI exam was inconclusive.

• Kansas City’s Omar Infante has a sprained jaw and needed six stitches to close a cut opened when he was hit by a Heath Bell pitch.

• The New York Mets say former pitcher Frank Viola has been released from a hospital, a week after heart surgery.

The 53-year-old Viola underwent open-heart surgery last Wednesday.



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