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Matt Garza struggles again and Brewers go down to streaking Bumgarner, Giants 6-3

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell has been around long enough to know what is bothering Matt Garza.

Garza (2-7) struggled again, allowing eight hits and five earned runs in five innings in a 6-3 Brewers loss to the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. The right-hander has lost his last four decisions, owns just one victory in his last eight starts and is 0-4 at Miller Park.

"It's big innings, really," Counsell said. "He's having trouble limiting damage and giving up the big hit."

Added Garza: "It's an adversity period in my life, in my career. I'll just keep pounding the pavement, keep grinding."

Madison Bumgarner won another game in May and three San Francisco Giants homered in the win. Bumgarner (6-2) gave up four hits and three earned runs in six innings to improve to 5-1 in his last six starts. He's also 9-1 in May the last two seasons.

"There really hasn't been a key, I've kind of had everything going," Bumgarner said. "That's it, just making pitches and getting outs. Our offense has been scoring a lot of runs. I guess if there's a key it would be to drive in more than we let in. We'll go with that one."

Matt Duffy, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt hit home runs and Santiago Casilla earned his 13th save for San Francisco, now 10-2 in its last 12 games.

Milwaukee lost its fourth straight and is 1-6 over the last seven.

The Brewers already trailed 5-0 when they got their first hit off Bumgarner in the fourth on a solo homer by Aramis Ramirez.

In the sixth, a run-scoring double by Ryan Braun cut San Francisco's lead to 5-2 and put runners at second and third with no outs. But after Ramirez's sacrifice fly trimmed it to 5-3, Bumgarner got Jason Rogers to pop out to second before Hector Gomez's sharp line drive was caught by diving shortstop Brandon Crawford.

PHOTO: Milwaukee Brewers' Luis Sardinas can't handle a throw as San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford slides safely into second for a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Milwaukee Brewers' Luis Sardinas can't handle a throw as San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford slides safely into second for a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Pence's solo homer came in the first and Duffy's two-run shot just over the leaping glove of centerfielder Carlos Gomez made it 5-0 in the fourth. The Giants increased their lead to 6-3 on a solo blast by Belt in the seventh.

BUMGARNER AGAINST BREWERS

The pitcher is 5-2 in his career against Milwaukee. He made his first start at Miller Park since 2012 and has allowed just four earned runs in 21 2/3 innings there.

CAREER BEST FOR POSEY

Buster Posey set a career high when he reached base in his 26th straight game when he was walked in the fifth. He was 0 for 3, however, to end his hitting streak at 16 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Giants: Matt Cain threw 25 pitches to three batters in a simulated inning Tuesday afternoon. He began the season on the disabled list and hopes to return before the All-Star break in July.

Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Brevard County and hopes to join Milwaukee Monday in St. Louis. The catcher has been on the disabled list since April 20. ... RHP David Goforth was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs Tuesday to take the spot of Wily Peralta, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique. He made his major league debut in with one out in the ninth.

UP NEXT:

Giants: Ryan Vogelsong (3-2, 4.60 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last four starts.

Brewers: Mike Fiers (1-4, 4.63 ERA) will pitch on short rest as a replacement for injured Wily Peralta.

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