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Brewers back at .500, after getting crushed by the Braves on Sunday

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The Milwaukee Brewers are back at .500, after getting pounded by Atlanta 10-2 Sunday at Miller Park.

Atlanta broke the game open in the sixth inning, when Casey Kotchman hit a three-run homer.

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Kelly Johnson also had a two-run blast. And Brian McCann hit a solo shot, as the Braves took two-of-three from Milwaukee.

The Brewers have not won a series in almost a month, and they're 7-14 in July.

Milwaukee has also lost 12 of its last 13 day games, and they're still fourth in the National League Central.

Derek Lowe got the win, giving up two runs on nine hits in six innings. He's now 10-7.

Braden Looper was shelled for five runs in six innings as he suffered his first loss in five decisions. Looper is now 9-5.

Corey Hart accounted for Milwaukee's only offense with a two-run homer. The Braves out-hit the Brewers 12-10.

Jody Gerut doubled and singled, and Ryan Braun and J.J. Hardy each had two singles.

Milwaukee is now three games behind the Chicago Cubs, who took over the division lead Sunday with a 5-2 home win over Cincinnati.

The Cardinals are a half-game back after losing at Philadelphia, and Houston remains in third at two off the pace.

The Brewers will try again to gain some ground tonight, when they open a four-game home series against Washington.

Right-hander Jeff Suppan faces Nationals' right-hander Craig Stammen.

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