By Sam Bush

Once again the Phillies hand the ball to Aaron Nola to right the ship.

The last time Nola faced the Brewers, the Phils had lost four of six heading into Milwaukee on April 22. Nola struck out seven over seven innings, allowing only one run. The Phillies won 5-2 and proceeded to win eight of their next 10.

Nola (4-4, 2.88) will be carrying the same responsibility today when he faces the Brewers’ Wily Peralta (3-6, 6.51) to close the Phillies’ four-game series against the Crew at 1:35 ET.

Prior to Friday’s win, Philly had lost its last seven and 11 of 13. Nola previously attempted to end the skid, pitching well but taking the loss against the Nationals on Tuesday.

“It shows a lot of moxie,” manager Pete Mackanin said after Nola’s start Tuesday. “This guy, nothing bothers him. … I think it rubs off on some of the guys.”

While it’s become Nola’s specialty to last at least six innings — he’s done so in all but one of his starts — Peralta hasn’t been nearly as consistent. He hasn’t made it out of the sixth in his last four starts. One of the two times he has, though, came in his lone start against the Phillies this season, going six innings and allowing three earned runs in Milwaukee’s 8-5 win back on April 24.

In six games against the Brewers this season, the Phillies are averaging 5.0 runs per game. In their other 50 games, however, the Phils are averaging only 2.9. The 5.0 mark would rank fifth in baseball, while 2.9 would be the worst in baseball. Their actual 3.14 runs per game is ahead of only the Braves.

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