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Garza's stuff recovers for quality outing

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ATLANTA -- While his teammates were trying to figure out R.A. Dickey's knuckleball in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park, Brewers right-hander Matt Garza did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game after Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the third broke a 1-1 tie.

After Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte legged out an infield single to lead off the third, Phillips pounced on a hanging changeup, driving it over the left-field wall.

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ATLANTA -- While his teammates were trying to figure out R.A. Dickey's knuckleball in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park, Brewers right-hander Matt Garza did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game after Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the third broke a 1-1 tie.

After Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte legged out an infield single to lead off the third, Phillips pounced on a hanging changeup, driving it over the left-field wall.

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"It just hung up," Garza said. "I wish it would have kept going up where it went over his head or something, but it just slipped out too soon, and it is what it is."

Garza struck out four and didn't issue a walk in his six innings.

"I thought Matt's stuff really got better as the game went on," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "His fastball improved as the game went along. He put up three zeros after that home run, pitched very well after the home run. So he just ended up giving us a quality start, but not enough offense today."

Video: MIL@ATL: Phillips blasts a two-run homer to deep LF

The loss was Garza's fourth in his last five decisions, and he has posted a 6.91 ERA in those outings, which date back to May 24. Garza said he was trying to attack the zone on a hot day and was pleased with the way he kept his team in the game after the Phillips homer.

"I felt good. It was just hot and my legs got heavy, so you just power through it and keep going," Garza said. "But I actually did figure something out, so it felt good."

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Brewers.

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