MILWAUKEE - Kyle Kendrick had little trouble with the Brewers hitters the first two times through the batting order. The third time was a different story.
Jonathan Lucroy hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning off Kendrick, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Domonic Brown hit his National League-leading 19th home run, and had a two-run double in the eighth to account for all of the Phillies' runs.
In addition to falling back below .500 at 31-32, the Phillies have an issue at catcher after Erik Kratz injured his left knee running to first in the ninth inning and was on crutches after the game.
"Kratz heard his knee pop," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It's not good."
Kendrick (6-4) only allowed four hits, including a solo home run to Jean Segura, over the first five innings. But with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth, the Brewers had four consecutive hits off Kendrick to score two runs and take the lead for good.
"They strung together some hits there but I was able to hold them to them to minimal damage," Kendrick said.
Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each singled, and Lucroy doubled to the base of the left-field wall, scoring Braun and giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
"He kind of knew what we were trying to do there," Kendrick said of Lucroy. "We were trying to get a double play but he put a good swing on it."
Carlos Gomez then singled to left, driving in Ramirez to make it 3-1.
"Four (hits) in a row is what you want in an offense, especially with the heart of the order right there getting the job done," Lucroy said.
Tyler Thornburg (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first major-league victory, but was sent back to the minors after the game. A top prospect for the Brewers coming into the season, he joined the team Wednesday despite going 0-7 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 starts for triple-A Nashville.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.
Lucroy came into the game batting .253 after hitting .320 a year ago, but has been good in clutch situations. He was in a 3-for-18 overall slump before hitting the go-ahead double but is batting .327 with 25 RBIs with runners in scoring position.
Kendrick allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings.
The Brewers made it 4-1 in the fourth when Braun's single scored Segura from third off Michael Stutes.
The Phillies scored twice in the eighth off Brandon Kintzler, but pinch-hitter Ryan Howard grounded out to end the inning with Brown on second as the tying run. Philadelphia also threatened in the top of the sixth off Thornburg, but didn't score despite opening the inning with runners at second and third.
"We had some chances to score but we couldn't take advantage of them," Manuel said.
Milwaukee starter Tom Gorzelanny, making a spot start, allowed only one run on five hits while striking out three in four innings.
Brown hit a 1-1 pitch into the Phillies bullpen in right field to make it 1-0 in the second.
Segura hit a 1-1 pitch into the Brewers bullpen in left field to tie it 1-1 in the third.
Notes: RHP Carlos Zambrano allowed only one run and three walks while striking out seven for Double-A Reading on Saturday night. He signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies last month. ... The Phillies have homered in 13 consecutive games.