MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers lost ground to three surging teams in the National League Central Division after losing at home to Philadelphia 3-2 Monday night. The Brewers still have a four-game lead over Saint Louis, which moved back into second place. Pittsburgh is four-and-a-half back, and fourth-place Cincinnati gained a game with a win and is now just five off the pace. The Brewers never led, as Philly scored all its runs in the first three innings. Chase Utley hit a two-run homer in the first - the 27th given up by Marco Estrada this season. Ryan Howard drove in the eventual game-winner in the third, on a single that scored Utley in a hit-and-run play. Jeff Bianchi drove in Milwaukee's only two runs with a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning. Ryan Braun returned from back spasms. He had a double and a single in four trips. Estrada went five innings for the loss. He's 7-6. Cole Hamels earned his first win since June sixth. He struck out seven in six-and-two-thirds innings as he improved to 3-5. Jonathan Papelbon got his 20th save, as the Phillies won for only the fourth time in their last 17 games. Milwaukee has now lost six of their last seven, and will host the Phillies again tonight. Right-hander Wily Peralta starts against Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Pregame coverage on WHBL gets underway at 6:35.
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