Gallardo will also be seeking his fourth consecutive victory Friday night with another successful outing against the Philadelphia Phillies .
The Brewers' run of success at Miller Park looked like it might be in jeopardy in Thursday's series opener. They trailed by a run in the eighth inning, before Hart delivered a grand slam to lift Milwaukee to a 7-4 win - its seventh in a row at home.
Kevin Frandsen had a three-run double for Philadelphia, though it ultimately went for naught.
"You got to give Frandsen some credit, getting that bases-clearing double to give us the lead," said Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee , who struck out 12 in 7 2-3 innings and didn't get a decision. "That was huge by him. We just weren't able to keep the lead."
Gallardo (11-8, 3.78 ERA) will try to help the Brewers (53-64) win eight in a row at home for the first time since July 10-Aug. 1, 2011.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last three starts. He pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings in Sunday's 5-3 victory at Houston, giving up three runs while striking out eight.
"I felt pretty good (Sunday). I was able to command all of my pitches," Gallardo said. "I'm just trying to go back out there and get back in that same rhythm I was in before."
Gallardo is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies (54-64), including a 3-2 home win last Sept. 11 in which he struck out 12 and allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings.
Gallardo will have a great opportunity to defeat Philadelphia again if counterpart Vance Worley 's struggles continue. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA over his last five outings and has given up four runs in each of his last two.
After failing to make it out of the fourth inning of a loss to Atlanta on Aug. 6, Worley (6-7, 3.97) pitched into the sixth Sunday against St. Louis but did not get a decision in an 8-7 win.
He started opposite Gallardo during the Sept. 11 game at Miller Park, giving up three runs over 6 2-3 innings and striking out seven. He also started the Phillies' 10-inning, 7-6 home win over the Brewers on July 25, allowing three runs and scattering 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.
|August 13, 2012||Nate Schierholtz||15-Day DL||Fractured right big toe|
|August 03, 2012||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Plantar fasciitis, left foot|
|July 23, 2012||Placido Polanco||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Before his start Friday, Yovani Gallardo learned there was a serious illness in his family in Texas.
The right-hander calmly won his fourth straight start, driving in two runs in the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies , then left town immediately.
"I knew because he told me before the game," Ryan Braun said. "So it's that much more impressive that he went out there and performed as well as he did on the mound and at the plate knowing there's some more important things going on in his life."
Braun hit his NL-leading 32nd home run, and Gallardo (12-8) gave up one earned run, four hits and two walks in seven innings. He also struck out nine. He has allowed six earned runs over 28 2-3 innings in his past four starts.
"Outstanding ballgame," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Probably the best he's had his curveball all year. Great location on the fastball; good stuff. Threw some nice changeups, some nice cutters. I thought it was a great ballgame."
After Braun struck out with the bases loaded in Milwaukee's four-run fourth - the second out he made in the inning - Braun connected for a two-run homer to center with two outs in the sixth to make it 6-1. He has hit three homers in two games after being given the day off on Wednesday at Colorado. Before that, Braun was in a 6-for-42 skid (.142) with no homers in 10 games.
Gallardo (12-8) gave up one earned run, four hits and two walks in seven innings. He also struck out nine. Gallardo has allowed six earned runs over 28 2-3 innings in his past four starts.
Vance Worley continued to struggle, however. Worley (6-8) allowed four earned runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings for Philadelphia. He struck out three and has just one victory in six starts.
"It's upsetting," Worley said. "I know I'm better than what I'm doing. I'm just not catching the breaks this year. But I did give up a hit to the pitcher."
Worley had a 1-0 lead in the fourth and retired the first two batters before the Brewers rallied. Corey Hart singled, Martin Maldonado walked, and Nyjer Morgan hit a two-run triple. The deep fly ball was nearly caught by right fielder Domonic Brown in the gap, but it bounced off the side of his glove before he took two steps and crashed into the wall.
"That ball was catchable," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
"I got back there good. I just dropped it," he said. "That play has to be made. Simple as that. I needed to come up big for my team and it didn't happen. No excuses. I've got to make that catch."
After rookie Jean Segura was intentionally walked and stole second base, Gallardo singled to right to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead. He entered the game with a .140 batting average and five RBIs.
Philadelphia's first run came in the fourth on Ryan Howard 's double. The Phillies added a run in the ninth on a single by Kevin Frandsen .
NOTES: Milwaukee has allowed four runs or fewer in its last eight home games. . Worley has pitched fewer than six innings in four of his last five starts. . In his last two games, Gallardo has 17 strikeouts in 16 2-3 innings.