MILWAUKEE -- Aaron Nola pitched six strong innings and struck out seven and Odubel Herrera hit his eighth home run of the season, but Joaquin Benoit unraveled and allowed a late home run to Travis Shaw as the Phillies fell to Brewers, 3-2, Saturday evening at Miller Park.
It was the Phils' second consecutive loss coming out of the All-Star break and their seventh in their last eight games overall.
Benoit was saddled with the loss and fell to 1-4 on the season.
Brewers reliever Jacob Nelson earned the victory and improved to 2-1 on the campaign.
Milwaukee closer Corey Knebel brought home his 16th save of the year.
Starting pitching report
Right-hander Aaron Nola had dominated the Brewers in two previous appearances, holding them to just a run over 13 innings of work.
He was solid again Saturday, holding Milwaukee to two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven over six innings of work.
Nola put up zeroes for the first four innings Saturday but ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing a two-out single to Jonathan Villar, who stole second and scored on Eric Thames' double, tying the game at 1-1. The Phils had taken an early lead on a Ty Kelly sac fly.
Nola left a 1-0 fastball over the plate to open the sixth and Hernan Perez knocked it out of the park putting the Brewers ahead, 2-1.
Stephen Vogt followed with a walk, prompting a visit to the mound, but Nola escaped with a pair of strikeouts and a force out at second to keep the game at 2-1.
The subject of multiple trade rumors as the deadline approaches, veteran right-hander Pat Neshek protected a 2-2 tie by striking out the top three of Milwaukee's order in the seventh.
Benoit wasn't quite as lucky. He took over for the eighth and left a 1-1 fastball up to Shaw, who knocked it over the wall in center for his 20th homer of the year, giving Milwaukee a 3-2 lead that held as the final score.
At the plate
With Aaron Altherr out because of a hamstring injury, Daniel Nava moved into the leadoff spot and went 0 for 3 with a walk.
The Phillies didn't get many chances against Brewers' ace Jimmy Nelson, who allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings, but they managed to take a lead on Kelly's sac fly in the fifth, then answered after Milwaukee went ahead, 2-1, when Herrera took Nelson deep for his eighth homer of the season in the top of the eighth.
But it all wound up for naught.
The three-game series concludes Sunday with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.49 ERA) taking on Milwaukee's Matt Garza (4-4, 3.98)