MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Back after a perfect road trip, the Milwaukee Brewers struggled at home again.
After winning seven straight on the road, the Brewers returned to Miller Park on Monday night and lose 5-3 to the Atlanta Braves.
Milwaukee had won eight consecutive games overall and just completed sweeps at Philadelphia and Cincinnati to improve to 21-22 on the road. However, the latest loss dropped the Brewers to a major league-worst 15-27 at home.
The three-game homestand against the Braves got off to a rough start when Atlanta's Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse (5-10). Gerardo Parra homered to open the bottom of the first the Brewers, but Lohse gave up two more runs in the second on an RBI double by Nick Markakis and Johnson's run-scoring single to make it 4-1.
"I came in feeling pretty strong, hitting spots and then a made a couple mistakes and gave up four runs quick," Lohse said.
Lohse held the Braves to a single run over the next three innings, but the damage had been done.
"They pushed me into deep counts and I'd make a mistake or leave one up just enough to hit. It's a battle when you're trying to keep them off the board after that," he said. "It could have gotten really bad there.
I just gutted it out and did what I could."
Lohse gave up four runs and 11 hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one. His ERA stands at 6.29 on the season.
"He hasn't been able to get on a roll. He hasn't had that start when it all comes together," manager Craig Counsell said. "He's had to fight his way through starts."
A.J. Pierzynski had four hits, including two doubles, and rookie Matt Wisler (3-1) won for the third time in four career starts for Atlanta. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 24 chances.
A bloop single by Shane Peterson, pinch-hitting for Lohse, drove in a run to pull the Brewers within two in the fifth. Peterson was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from first on Parra's double.
Juan Uribe's two-out single made it 5-2 in the sixth.
A two-out, run-scoring single by Carlos Gomez got the Brewers back within two in the bottom half, but that's all the Brewers' previously surging offense could muster.
INSULT TO INJURY
Brewers SS Scooter Gennett swung and missed at a pitch from Braves reliever Luis Avilan that then struck him flush on the hip. Gennett squirmed on the ground for a few seconds before a sheepish smile crossed his face. "I tried not to laugh but then the umpire is laughing and (Gennett's) kind of laughing. I've done it. It's just more of an embarrassment thing," Pierzynski said. "You're not really hurt, you just know everybody's going to ride you about it."
Braves: Atlanta has scored just 39 runs in the 16 games missed by 1B Freddie Freeman, on the disabled list with a bruised right wrist. The team averaged four runs per game with Freeman in the lineup.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 3, with right shoulder tendinitis. "This was just a good spot for the doctor to have his say," Garza said. "He wanted me to skip a start a while back and I didn't want to. He thought it was a good time to just step back and give it a rest." Relief pitcher Corey Knebel was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Gomez, who sat out Sunday with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch Saturday, returned to the starting lineup. . OF Khris Davis, recovering from right knee surgery, is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday or Wednesday. He's on a rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Wisconsin.
Braves: Manny Banuelos will make his second career start. He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in his major league debut Thursday before leaving with cramping and dehydration.
Brewers: Rookie Tyler Cravy will start in place of Garza. Cravy, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday, is in his second stint with the Brewers this season. He made his major league debut in a start on June 2 at St. Louis, giving up one run and four hits in seven innings.