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Aaron Harang drops eighth straight decision as Phillies lose to Brewers 9-5

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PHILADELPHIA — The Milwaukee Brewers kept swinging and hitting, and Aaron Harang couldn't stop them.

Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and hot-hitting Milwaukee won its season-best fourth straight game 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each doubled and had two RBIs for the Brewers. Gerardo Parra and Kyle Lohse had three hits apiece for Milwaukee, which had a season-high 17 hits.

Harang (4-11) lost his eighth straight game in his worst outing of the season. Harang gave up eight runs on a career-high 14 hits in five-plus innings, becoming the first Phillies pitcher since Jim Nash in 1972 to lose eight in a row. Harang has a 6.94 ERA during his losing streak.

"They swung at everything I threw up there," Harang said. "It's one of those baffling games where you don't really know what's going on."

Harang said the Brewers took advantage of his tendency to throw strikes.

"They know I'm going to be around the plate and sometimes that can be a definite downfall," Harang said. "I don't feel like (command) has been as sharp. Guys are making adjustments and maybe I'm catching too much of the plate."

Harang started well this season, going 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA in his first nine starts prior to the skid. He said he's healthy, just not effective.

"I have to figure out what adjustments I need to make," he said.

Maikel Franco had a three doubles and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which lost its sixth in the last seven to fall to 27-53. The Phillies have the worst record in baseball.

Lind continued his success against Harang, putting Milwaukee up 2-0 with a two-run shot to right in the first inning. It was the third home run in four at-bats against Harang for Lind, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Ramirez's two-run double in the third and Braun's two-run double in the fourth staked Lohse to a 6-0 lead.

"I feel pretty good at the plate," said Ramirez, who has seven RBIs in the last three games. I'm using the whole field, and hitting some good pitches."

PHOTO: Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco, bottom, slides into second base for a double past Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Hernan Perez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco, bottom, slides into second base for a double past Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Hernan Perez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Phillies got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis.

But the Brewers opened the sixth with three straight hits off Harang, the last a two-run double by Gennett that ended the Harang's night.

"I know (Harang) is much better than that," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "I'd like to see him get back on track and I have a good feeling he will. Normally it boils down to command of your stuff. When you don't hit your spots, you can get burned, especially against an aggressive-hitting club."

The last time the Brewers won four games in a row overall was last Aug. 14-19 when they captured five straight.

Lohse (5-9), a former Phillie, allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

FEELING AT HOME

Milwaukee won its sixth consecutive game at Citizens Bank Park and is 8-1 in its last nine games there. The Brewers have scored 20 runs on 43 hits with 10 doubles in winning the first three games of the four-game series.

HIT PARADE

Phillies pitchers have allowed 774 hits this season, the most in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: OF Khris Davis (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in the first game of a rehab assignment at Single-A Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Davis has been on the DL since May 31 after tearing the meniscus in his right knee.

Phillies: General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before the game that 2B Chase Utley could begin a rehab assignment after the All-Star break. Utley, on the DL since June 23 with right ankle inflammation, will continue to rehab with the Phillies until the break.

UP NEXT

Brewers RHP Matt Garza (4-10, 5.52) opposes RHP Chad Billingsley (0-2, 6.75) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday night. Garza has an 8.50 ERA while losing his last three starts but is 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in seven career starts against the Phillies.

Billingsley will be making his first start since going on the DL on May 17 with a right shoulder strain. After missing most of the last two seasons due to shoulder surgeries, Billingsley made three starts for Philadelphia earlier this season before going back on the DL.

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