Manager Ron Roenicke's lineup shuffle sparked their best offensive showing this month, but the Milwaukee Brewers couldn't break out of their recent slide when their pitching let them down.
Roenicke made some changes Tuesday in an effort to shake up a Milwaukee offense that had totaled 16 runs and batted .183 with only two home runs during a 1-6 stretch.
Gomez and Gennett combined for six hits Tuesday, while Lyle Overbay hit a first-inning grand slam. The Brewers hit three homers and scored their most runs since June 28, but Wily Peralta surrendered nine over 4 1-3 innings in a 9-7 loss.
''We are not playing that great right now. But we're a good team,'' Peralta said. ''These are things that happen to every team. We're going to bounce back.''
Braun could return from back spasms as the Brewers (52-39) try to avoid dropping four straight for the third time since mid-May. The slugger is batting .455 with four homers in his last 12 home games versus Philadelphia.
Milwaukee, which has seen its division lead shrink to three games, will give the ball to Lohse (9-3, 3.18 ERA) in the third of this four-game set.
Lohse has limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 16 of his 18 starts, but hasn't worked past the fifth inning in two of his last three. He allowed three earned runs over five innings in Friday's 4-2 loss at Cincinnati.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA in his last five meetings with the Phillies (39-51), though he wasn't very good when he saw them April 8. Lohse gave up seven hits, a season-high five walks and three runs over five innings in a 10-4 win.
Ryan Howard is 11 for 25 with two home runs lifetime versus Lohse, though he's 4 for 40 without a homer in his last 12 games. All-Star Chase Utley, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs Tuesday, has gone 4 for 27 in his matchups with Lohse.
Domonic Brown has scuffled most of the season, but had a home run and a two-run single to help Philadelphia win consecutive games for the first time since a five-game run from June 16-20.
''It's very encouraging," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "What it took was some patience and some good at-bats and big hits with men on base."
Sandberg's club hopes to provide Roberto Hernandez (3-8, 4.48) with similar support after giving him two runs or fewer in 10 of his last 11 starts. The right-hander certainly hasn't done his part, though, going 1-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his last seven.
Hernandez did not factor in the decision versus Milwaukee on April 9 when he gave up four runs with a season-best nine strikeouts over five innings in a 9-4 home loss.
Gomez had a home run and double in three at-bats against Hernandez in that contest.
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