- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies are playing to expectations after a surprising start.

Chris Carter and Jonathan Villar homered, Chase Anderson pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the reeling Phillies 4-1 Thursday night.

It was the seventh straight loss for the Phillies, who are 2-11 since topping out at 24-17. For a team that lost 99 games in 2015, this is more like it.

“I know we’re better than we’ve played the last 10 days or so,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “Things just haven’t been working for us. The main culprit is our offense. We need more offense.”

Anderson (3-6) allowed one run and three hits, striking out six in 5 2/3 innings to help Milwaukee win its eighth straight game in Philadelphia.

Maikel Franco homered for Philadelphia, which has scored 12 runs during its losing streak.

Jerad Eickhoff (2-8) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander left after a hard one-hopper back to the mound bounced off the inside of his left ankle. X-rays were negative.

“It’s going to be a little swollen, but I can walk on it fine,” Eickhoff said. “Nothing serious.”

Phillies reliever Hector Neris pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth. He struck out Carter, retired pinch-hitter Alex Presley on a second-to-home fielder’s choice and fanned Aaron Hill to end the inning.

But Milwaukee’s bullpen shut down Philadelphia’s offense.

“The biggest highlights for me were Neris, the job he did, and the play that Cesar Hernandez made to his left to get a force out at home,” Mackanin said.

Will Smith got four outs, Tyler Thornburg had two strikeouts in a perfect eighth and Jeremy Jeffress finished for his 14th save in 15 tries.

Villar hit a two-run homer off Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez to make it 4-1 in the ninth.

Carter drove his 14th homer to the seats in left-center for a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Franco lined one out to left in the bottom half.

The Phillies had a runner on third with one out in the sixth, but Anderson struck out Jimmy Paredes swinging. Smith entered to retire Franco on a liner to right.

Hill gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double.

STANDINGS

Milwaukee has won seven of 10 to improve to 25-29. The Phillies fell to 26-28.

ROUGH START

Paredes, acquired from Toronto on Wednesday, started in right field and batted third for the Phillies. He struck out in his first three at-bats after fanning in a pinch-hit appearance one night earlier. Paredes ended the streak with a double in the ninth.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

The Phillies activated LF Cody Asche from the disabled list and designated OF David Lough for assignment. Asche missed the first two months because of an oblique strain. He was 0 for 2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: LHP Mario Hollands was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is returning from Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT

RHP Jimmy Nelson (5-3, 2.88 ERA) starts for the Brewers on Friday night against Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.63).

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