The Milwaukee Brewers kept swinging and hitting, and Aaron Harang couldn’t stop them. Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and hot-hitting Milwaukee won its season-best fourth straight game 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each doubled and had two RBIs for the Brewers.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and the hot-hitting Milwaukee Brewers won their season-best fourth straight game 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

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The Brewers felt fortunate to win this one. Aramis Ramirez drove in three runs and Ryan Braun had four hits to lead Milwaukee over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Tuesday night. Hernan Perez tripled and had a pair of hits for the Brewers, who have won six of eight.

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Andy MacPhail claims he’ll develop a plan for the Philadelphia Phillies over the next three months. Cole Hamels may find out soon if he’s part of it. With an overhaul of the Phillies on the horizon, Hamels will once again take the mound with an uncertain future Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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For a Detroit team that’s already dealt with its share of injuries, the steady production of Yoenis Cespedes has been a big help. ”He’s been very good in left field – much better than anticipated,” manager Brad Ausmus said. Cespedes has been known for his prodigious strength – home runs sailing well beyond the wall, and baserunners thrown out from almost impossible distances.

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Baseball is a game of failures. If you make an out seven out of 10 times at the plate, that’s considered a success. At the same time, hitting a tiny ball traveling 95 mph with a thin bat is not an easy task. It requires an exceptional amount of hand-eye coordination and athleticism.  Sometimes, though, even the most routine plays can end in disaster. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur became the latest victim of baseball’s cruel intentions during Sunday’s game. In the top of the fifth inning, Francoeur attempted to make a play on a Denard Span grounder. The ball was hit hard, and Francoeur had no choice but to try and play it off the wall. Francoeur put himself in good position to make the play, but couldn’t get the job done. He whiffed on the his first attempt to pick up the ball, sending it back a couple feet.  He eventually managed to grab the ball, but apparently didn’t have a good grip. As he attempted to make the throw back to the infield, the ball traveled about three feet.  Francoeur would eventually get the ball back in, but it was too late. Span was charged with a double, but was able to advance to third on Frenchy’s error. Span would come around to score, so the mistake proved to be costly. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] That’s baseball. Even on the most routine chances, a player can wind up looking foolish. We would love to tell Francoeur it gets better, but that’s not really the case in this game, is it?  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The St. Louis Cardinals became the first team to 50 wins this season with an 8-1 blowout victory against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. No one else is particularly close, either, with the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals checking in next at 43 wins. The Cardinals reached 50 wins in their 74th game, which is the first time that’s happened since the 2005 Chicago White Sox. If you recall, that team went on to win a World Series championship. It’s a remarkable pace, especially considering the injuries to Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Matt Adams and others, but par for the course given the Cardinals recent history. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Focusing on Saturday’s win, it was a complete effort. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha set the pace, tossing six innings of one-run ball. He struck out five and allowed six hits. Carlos Villanueva took it from there, picking up the rare three-inning save. He struck out three. Offensively, St. Louis received at least one hit from all nine starters. Xavier Scruggs led the way with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jason Heyward reached base four times and scored twice. With the win, St. Louis now owns an eight-game lead over Pittsburgh. That’s the largest margin in MLB. At 39-34, the Cubs are 10 1/2 games behind. CLAYTON KERSHAW LOSES THIRD STRAIGHT DECISION Though the headline is factual, it’s also a bit deceiving. Clayton Kershaw may have lost his third straight decision on Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 3-2 to the Miami Marlins, but he was still Clayton Kershaw. In seven innings of work, the Dodgers ace allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out nine and walked none, bringing his three-game K/BB ratio to 28/3. In fact, Kershaw’s notched at least nine strikeouts in five straight starts, which is the longest streak of his career. It just wasn’t enough, because he didn’t get enough support. Over his last three outings, the Dodgers have scored a total of seven runs. Granted, during some Kershaw stretches that would be plenty good enough for a couple wins or even three. But they certainly aren’t in sync right now. Credit Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler for Saturday’s performance. He allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. Also credit Miam’s double play combo of Adeiny Hechavarria and Dee Gordon for this gem. Wow is right. The Giancarlo Stantonless stretch is off to a better start than expected, but we’re guessing they’ll miss him again sooner than later. TORII HUNTER HITS PAIR OF HOMERS FOR TWINS  Torii Hunter’s 1,300th game in a Minnesota Twins uniform was anything but bad luck. The soon-to-be 40-year-old outfielder had a monster day at the plate, homering twice and doubling in a 5-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.  ”How do you get 1,300 and you’re only 29?” Hunter said with a big laugh. ”In dog years, yes.” Hunter made his major-league debut with Minnesota as a pinch-runner on Aug. 22, 1997. His first stint with Minnesota lasted through the 2007 season, when he signed with the Los Angeles Angels. Overall, he’s appeared in 2,188 games. Eighteen of them have been multi-homer games.  The Twins also got production from Brian Dozier, who reached base three times. Kyle Gibson picked up the win with 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball.  MOTHER NATURE WINS THE DAY There was a lot of good baseball played on Saturday, but only Mother Nature can claim four victories. That’s right, four games were impacted by rain, including the Reds-Mets battle at Citi Field in New York. That game was suspended after six innings with the game tied at 1. They’ll resume in the seventh inning at 1:10 p.m. ET. Rookie Steven Matz will make his major league debut in the regularly scheduled game for New York. Down the road in Philadelphia, the Nationals and Phillies were postponed after playing an inning and a half, which didn’t sit well with Nats’ manager Matt Williams. Asked how frustrating today was, Williams said “extremely.” “Burned our pitcher. I’m not very happy about it.” — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) June 27, 2015 The pitcher they burned was Gio Gonzalez, who also wasn’t very happy. Gio Gonzalez, dripping with sarcasm: “The rain really caught us off guard. Only knew it was coming for 3 days.” — Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) June 27, 2015 They will play two on Sunday afternoon and Gio Gonzalez will not be available. Elsewhere, the White Sox-Tigers and Indians-Orioles games were also postponed. The former will be made up on Sept. 21, while the O’s host a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. Mother Nature permitting, of course. Want to see more from Saturday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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In a story June 26 about the game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nolan Ryan had come the closest to throwing a second straight no-hitter since Johnny Vander Meer did it in 1938. Ewell Blackwell came the closest, not Ryan.

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