The Phillies are heading out on a 10-game road trip, starting Thursday in Milwaukee, with a chance to become an above-.500 team for the first time all season.
Philadelphia moved to an even 30-30 on the year with Wednesday's win over Miami, a season-high fourth straight win that gave the Phillies their first .500 record since April 14. With a win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday, the Phillies could have their first winning record since Oct. 2 of last year.
The pitching matchup is a rematch of Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park, which the Brewers won, 4-3, behind an excellent outing by Wily Peralta. But Tyler Cloyd pitched well in his own right, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over seven innings, before he was charged with his second loss of the season.
Cloyd's outing was a step in the right direction, as he was coming off an ugly outing in Boston in which he allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
"I worked on things [last] week with getting the ball down more and sitting back," Cloyd said Saturday. "The results were there, so it'd definitely be nice being able to do that."
But the results were even better for Peralta, who held the Phillies to two runs and struck out six over seven innings.
To give Peralta his second straight win over Philadelphia, Milwaukee could use its best middle-of-the-order hitters in the lineup together. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez have both been dealing with injuries, as Braun sat out Wednesday with a nagging thumb injury and Ramirez is still being handled with care due to his banged-up knee.
Braun has posted a .292/.368/.510 batting line with nine homers and 35 RBIs this season, but he's batting just .213 with one homer and seven RBIs in his last 15 starts and has gone homerless in his last 51 plate appearances.
"We need our third and fourth hitters. We've got both of them that I'm kind of nursing along, and we really need production," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think for us to get on a roll -- we're pitching better now, and hopefully that continues -- but I'm concerned that the offense with [Jean Segura and Norichika Aoki] getting on base a lot, both [Braun and Ramirez] need to drive in runs, and both of them are trying to get by nursing some injuries that's really preventing them from playing well.
"Braunie hasn't swung the bat well for a while, and 'Rami' is kind of off and on, but he's not himself, either."
Phillies: Brown stays hot with 18th homer
Left fielder Domonic Brown hit his 10th homer in his last 12 games Wednesday, a two-run shot in the seventh inning. The Phillies have gone 12-4 this year when he hits a homer, so it's no surprise that his hot streak coincides with their climb back to .500.
Brown, the National League Player of the Month in May, led all players with 12 homers and 25 RBIs for the month. His homer Wednesday, his 18th on the year, moved him ahead of Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion for second among all Major League hitters, trailing only Baltimore's Chris Davis.
• Roy Halladay provided an update Wednesday on his rehabilitation process and seemed confident that he could return to the mound this season, though he didn't provide a timetable. Halladay will continue to work with the club's training staff in Florida, but he intends to join the Phillies at least once per homestand.
"It has been going very good," Halladay said. "Obviously the surgery was what we thought it was, and so far the rehab has been very good. I feel strong, I feel smoother, I feel a difference, so I'm very pleased with the outcome and the direction we're headed."
Brewers: Thornburg recalled as Estrada hits DL
Milwaukee placed Marco Estrada on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained left hamstring and recalled top prospect Tyler Thornburg, though his role was not made clear upon his arrival.
The Brewers will need a starter Saturday against the Phillies, but Roenicke said the club is going to have to "figure out" whether that will be Thornburg or another pitcher. The answer will likely be determined by how Milwaukee uses its bullpen over the next two days.
"We have some other guys and could have a 'bullpen game,'" Roenicke said. "We could do that if we needed to."
• Roenicke said Wednesday that Kyle Lohse is expected to make his next start after experiencing left hamstring tightness in his outing Tuesday against the A's. He's currently scheduled to pitch in Sunday's series finale.
• By dropping Wednesday's rubber game against the A's, the Brewers fell to a season-high 14 games under .500. Their record in home series since the start of May also dropped to 0-5-1.
• Since falling to 16-21 on May 10, a season-worst five games under .500, the Phillies have gone 14-9.