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MILWAUKEE -- Yovani Gallardo kept the Phillies' offense at bay and swung a big bat of his own with a two-run double in the fourth, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night at Miller Park.

Gallardo was strong from the start, striking out four in the first two innings and limited Philadelphia to just a run on four hits in eight innings of work, finishing with nine strikeouts and retiring 12 of his last 13 batters.

With the victory, Gallardo improved to 12-8 on the season and his ERA dropped to 3.67. With 154 strikeouts this season, Gallardo ranks sixth in the National League.

Phillies batters moved past first base just three times against Gallardo, whose only blemish came on back-to-back double by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to open the Philadelphia fourth inning.

Utley was the Phillies' lone bright spot on offense, reaching three times -- two walks and a double -- in four trips.

Gallardo, also contributed at the plate. After Milwaukee erased a 1-0 deficit on Nyjer Morgan's two-run triple in the fourth, Worley intentionally walked shortstop Jean Segura to face Gallardo with two outs. With the count 2-2, Worley offered a fastball that Gallardo dropped into right field for a two-run double to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.

Worley worked into the fifth, recording the first two outs before allowing Martin Maldonado to reach on a double and Morgan on a single. In 4 2/3 innings of work, Worley allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Milwaukee added two more in the sixth on Ryan Braun's National League-leading 32nd home run of the season. After hitting just .191 with no home runs or walks from Aug. 1 through Tuesday, Braun has three home runs in his last two games.

Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect eighth for Milwaukee.

NOTES: Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum, out since June 23 with tightness in his right elbow, threw a bullpen session before the game Friday. He's made two rehab starts with Class A Wisconsin. ... Phillies starting pitchers entered play Friday with a 1.39 ERA in their last seven road games. ... Milwaukee is trying to win its eighth straight contest at Miller Park. ... Philadelphia OF Juan Pierre needs to steal one base to reach 30 for the season.
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