For those in Brewer Nation tempted to reach for the panic button regarding Ryan Braun's ailing thumb, permission to stand down.

At least for now.

Coming to life in a way no one saw coming — not even Braun — the Milwaukee Brewers' embattled rightfielder smacked three home runs and drove in seven runs Tuesday as the Milwaukee Brewers ruined the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener with a 10-4 rout at Citizens Bank Park.

Braun entered the game batting .150 with no home runs or RBI and made it known last weekend in Boston the thumb issue that plagued him in 2013 had returned. Since his last homer May 22 of last season, he had gone 98 plate appearances without a home run — the longest drought of his career.

"I didn't think there was any chance I could possibly have a day like this," said Braun. "The game works in mysterious ways. It's a crazy game sometimes."

Crazy good for Braun on this day. After struggling with the thumb issue in Boston, where he sat out a day to regroup, he made two changes that worked like charms. Instead of wrapping a layer of padding around his right batting glove, he put additional padding inside the glove.

"It feels a little more similar to how it normally would if I didn't have to wear that little pad thing and everything else we've been trying," said Braun. "The less invasive anything is, the more comfortable it is for me as a hitter. Hopefully, we found something else that works."

Braun made another more dramatic adjustment at the plate, eliminating his front leg kick and shortening his stride. The thinking was that he'd get his bat through the hitting zone quickly and compensate for the ailing thumb.

"It impacts my bat speed, it impacts my bat path, it impacts everything," he explained. "So the quicker I'm able to get that down, the better chance I have to find a swing that works."

That latter change allowed Braun to go down and get a sinker from Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick in the third inning and drive it out to left for a three-run home run. He took another Kendrick sinker the other way and into the jet stream blowing out to right for his second homer in the fourth inning.

Braun's third homer — another three-run blast in the eighth — was simply a matter of jumping on a first-pitch, hanging curveball from reliever Brad Lincoln. The second three-homer day of Braun's career resulted in a personal-best seven RBI, matching the franchise record.

Braun also contributed the key defensive play of the game. With Brewers starter Kyle Lohse uncharacteristically struggling with his control (five walks in five innings), Braun made a sensational diving catch of Carlos Ruiz's liner toward the right-field line with two on and two out in the second inning.