SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the pennant race heating up in the NL Central, Milwaukee pitcher Wily Peralta has suddenly cooled off.
For the second consecutive start, the Brewers' 15-game winner was knocked around. This time, Peralta lasted just three innings in the shortest outing of his career.
Peralta surrendered six runs on nine hits and Milwaukee lost for the sixth time in eight games, falling to the San Francisco Giants 13-2 on Friday night.
"I fell behind pretty much everybody (and) that's what you're going to get," said Peralta, who walked two and struck out one. "I have to get back to my thing that I was doing early in the season and just work hard. The past two starts have been terrible."
Peralta (15-9) was tagged for seven earned runs in five innings during his previous start before getting roughed up by the Giants.
Buster Posey went 5 for 5 and drove in three runs , Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer to back Ryan Vogelsong's first victory in four starts and the Giants scored a season high in runs and have their longest winning streak since five straight victories in early June.
"We need to get (Peralta) right, get him back where he's going deep in games and keeping the run total down," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "They racked up a lot of hits off of him in not very many innings. That's not a good sign."
Help could be on the way for the Brewers' pitching staff.
Right-hander Matt Garza pitched a simulated game in what likely was his final test before returning from the disabled list to the rotation next week.
As long as Garza comes through the outing without further problems when he reports to AT&T Park on Saturday, he could start as soon as Thursday at home against St. Louis.
Milwaukee scored its only runs on Lyle Overbay's RBI groundout in the second and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez in the fifth.