The Milwaukee Brewers lost their fourth straight game Tuesday night, as Julio Teheran threw a six-hitter as the Atlanta Braves shut out the Crew 5-0.
Adding injury to insult, Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo left in the fourth inning with a sprained ankle that could cost him at least one start.
According to MLB.com, X-rays on Gallardo’s ankle were negative and he is listed as day-to-day, but his next scheduled start could be in jeopardy.
The loss dropped Milwaukee (27-19) to 1-4 on their current 10-game road trip and the offense has been in a funk.
The Brewers are hitting .157/.219/.268 during the losing streak, scoring only five runs in the four games and striking out 41 times.
The Braves (25-19) touched up Gallardo (2-3) for three runs in the bottom of third, which was basically all the offense Atlanta needed.
The Braves tacked on a run in the fourth after Scooter Gennett mishandled Teheran’s grounder and Justin Upton hit his 12th homer of the year leading off the fifth inning.
Gallardo was charged with four runs on four hits and three walks in 3.1 innings, striking out two. Tyler Thornburg worked 3.2 innings and allowed three hits while walking one and fanning one. Thornburg surrendered the homer to Upton, the only run he allowed.
Will Smith allowed a hit during a scoreless eighth.
Teheran (3-3) was dominant for most of the night, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out eight, dropping his ERA to 1.92 with his second shutout of the season. He also blanked the Phillies on April 16.
Jonathan Lucroy was 2-for-3 with a double and he is about the only Brewer hitting during the road trip. While the Crew has combined to go 29-for-163 on the trip, Lucroy is 8-for-19 over the last five games.
The Brewers’ few chances with runners in scoring position came up empty, as Milwaukee was 0-for-9 in those situations on Tuesday and are now 0-for-15 in the two losses in Atlanta.
The Crew got only one runner to third base on Tuesday and that didn’t happen until the ninth inning, when Jean Segura advanced to third on a single by pinch-hitter Elian Herrera. But Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez struck out to end the game.