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Wily Peralta has been the benefactor of plenty of run support recently, but he may not want to count on much production heading into this outing.

The right-hander takes the mound for the struggling Milwaukee Brewers, who look to avoid a seventh loss in eight games Tuesday night against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

Peralta (9-5, 3.35 ERA) is 5-0 over his last six starts, but he's posted a 4.50 ERA in that stretch after giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings of Milwaukee's 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

He's received 33 runs of support over 38 innings in that span.

''Wily was all over the place again with his command, but he did manage to give us innings and keep it tied,'' manager Ron Roenicke said. ''We've got to get him locked in better and making some consistent pitches.''

Peralta was far from his best the last time he faced the Phillies on June 6, 2013, as he allowed five runs and walked four in five innings of a 5-1 defeat. He may have to be especially sharp in this contest as the Brewers (52-38) have scored just seven runs over their last four.

Ryan Braun and Jean Segura had two hits apiece, and Jeff Bianchi had a two-run, pinch-hit single in Monday's 3-2 loss that ended Milwaukee's six-game winning streak against Philadelphia.

''We're not playing terrible,'' Roenicke said. ''We're in all these games but we're coming up either a run or two runs short. It's just because we're not getting that big hit when we need to. We're not making the big pitch."

Braun sat out Sunday's series finale against Cincinnati with lower-back spasms, and he was lifted for a pinch runner Monday after doubling in the eighth. Braun, a .389 career hitter against the Phillies, is 8 for 16 with three homers and 10 RBIs in four games versus Philadelphia this season

The Phillies (38-51) had lost nine of 10, but Chase Utley, the NL's All-Star starter at second base, hit a two-run homer in Monday's victory.

The Phillies, who rank 27th in the majors with a .237 batting average, have scored three runs or fewer in nine of their last 11 and have reached double digits in hits just twice in their last 19.

"The early offense was nice, but we weren't able to add on," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Philadelphia looks to win back-to-back games for the first time since a season-best five-game run from June 16-20 as it sends Kyle Kendrick to the hill.

Kendrick (3-8, 4.12) allowed nine runs over 14 innings while losing his previous two starts before giving up two runs in seven innings of Philadelphia's 5-4 win over Miami on Thursday.

"I've got that in me," Kendrick said. "I was happy with the way I threw. I went deep into the game and gave us a chance to win."

The right-hander has pitched at least six innings in 13 of his 17 starts, though that wasn't the case April 8 when he gave up six runs - four earned - and nine hits in five innings of a 10-4 home loss to the Brewers.

Kendrick, who is 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA in four career starts at Miller Park, allowed two homers to Braun in that defeat.

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