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Kyle Lohse makes it safely to first base by hug-tackling Ryan Howard

It stands to reason that Kyle Lohse, a pitcher, might not be used to reaching first base three times in one game. In fact, before Wednesday's start against the Phillies, he'd only recorded three hits once before in his career. Which might explain why Lohse's third hit of the night ended with a combination hug/tackle of Ryan Howard.

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To beat out an infield single, Lohse hurled himself into first with abandon, running square into Howard's backside as the first baseman leaped to corral a high throw. The two toppled to the ground and Lohse was safe.

But we wouldn't blame Lohse if he just wanted to hug Howard.

After the game, Lohse told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy that following the hijinks, Howard simply said, "Well, this is awkward." 

Awkward? Maybe, but you gotta do what you gotta do to make it safely to first. The Brewers won, 9-5, and Lohse finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

"I scored twice, and it's always fun to help out and feel like a ballplayer," he told McCalvy.