MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames hit his 13th homer of the year in a five-run first inning, Keon Broxton drove in four runs and finished a double short of the cycle, and the Milwaukee Brewers outslugged the Boston Red Sox 11-7 on Tuesday night.

The Brewers overcame a big night by Boston’s Mookie Betts, who went 4 for 4, drove in four runs and finished a triple short of the cycle.

But the Red Sox had to play catch-up after the Brewers’ first inning highlighted by two-run shots from Thames and Broxton off Drew Pomeranz (3-2).

Thames, the bearded slugger, has gone deep in two straight games after nine in a row without a homer. He had two of Milwaukee’s 13 hits.

Betts led Boston’s 12-hit attack with a leadoff homer in the first and a two-run double in the eighth that cut the deficit to four.

Corey Knebel ended that threat by striking out .333 hitter Xander Bogaerts with two outs and runners on first and second. Carlos Torres (2-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Otherwise, neither team had a good night on the mound at hitter-friendly Miller Park.

Betts and Dustin Pedroia hit back-to-back RBI doubles to chase Wily Peralta with one out in a three-run fifth to help the Red Sox close a five-run deficit.

But the Brewers kept tacking on runs to build on their early cushion.

Broxton added a two-run triple in the seventh. He went 3 for 3 and raised his average to .258 after hitting .191 to start May.