Brewers-Braves Preview

Even Carlos Gomez’s return to the lineup failed to spark the Milwaukee Brewers at the plate.

The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, are coming off one of their best offensive showings of the season.

The Braves attempt to build on their highest-scoring game in more than a month and send the NL Central leaders to a season-high fourth consecutive defeat Tuesday night.

Milwaukee (27-18) batted .185 with 11 runs in the five games that Gomez – who has a team-best nine homers and 21 RBIs – missed due to a suspension, lower back tightness and illness. The Brewers had seven hits in Monday’s opener with Atlanta, a 9-3 loss that dropped them to 2-7 on the road since April 29. Milwaukee is hitting .191 and been outscored 46-22 in those games.

"All through our lineup, we need to do a little better," manager Ron Roenicke told the team’s website. "Getting everybody back healthy is going to help with that. Just trying to figure out where guys are comfortable and see some production."

The Braves (24-19) have struggled for much of this season with their consistency at the plate. They’ve scored baseball’s second-fewest runs with 144 and their .235 average ranks 25th.

Atlanta, though, had a season-high 15 hits Monday and its run total was its best since April 14. The Braves scored double-digit runs in a game just once, a 10-2 win over Washington on April 13.

Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each homered for the second straight game as Atlanta earned its 10th victory in the last 12 home matchups with Milwaukee. Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons contributed three hits apiece.

"We started swinging the bats really, really well," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ”Not only the home runs, but there were some two-out singles, there were some base on balls, there was a lot of baserunning. It was nice to see."

The Braves look to pick up where they left off offensively against scheduled starter Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 3.07 ERA), but the right-hander has been at his best when facing Atlanta.

Gallardo is 0-2 with a 5.50 ERA in his three starts this month after putting up a 1.91 ERA in his first six. He gave up three runs – via a pair of homers – and three other hits in 6 1-3 innings against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Gallardo avoided the loss when the Brewers scored twice in the ninth in a 4-3 victory.

Milwaukee’s opening day starter yielded four hits and two walks in six innings in a 2-0 victory over the Braves on March 31, improving to 5-1 with a 1.68 ERA in his last seven starts in the series.

Gallardo will try for another stellar outing against the NL East leaders while helping Milwaukee avoid its first four-game losing streak since a five-game skid Aug. 30-Sept. 3.

He’ll pitch opposite Julio Teheran (2-3, 2.20), who is coming off his worst outing of the season.

After recording a 1.71 ERA in his first eight starts, the right-hander gave up five runs and five walks along with seven hits over 3 1-3 innings in a 10-4 loss in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Teheran was outdueled by Gallardo on March 31 at Miller Park, permitting two runs and seven hits in six innings to take the loss.

Freeman, batting .400 in his last seven games, is 2 for 8 in his career against Gallardo, while Heyward, hitting .381 in his last five contests, is 2 for 11 against him.