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MILWAUKEE — Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun had two hits and drove in two runs Tuesday night but is still trying to find his stroke during a sluggish month of June.

After going 1-for-4 Monday in a 3-0 loss to the Nationals, Braun's average stood at a season-low .278.

As he tries to snap out of his slump, Braun has been swinging much more frequently than usual, especially at pitches outside of the zone, leading to 23 strikeouts in June.

"Whenever you're in a little funk, you will swing more," manager Ron Roenicke said. "You know you have to swing to get out of it. To go up there and take pitches helps to track balls and to see balls, but until you start squaring up a lot of balls swinging you can't get out of it. Most guys trying to get out of it do swing a lot."

After coming off the disabled list on May 13, Braun hit .317 over his next 21 games but is 13-for-71 at the plate since, with one home run, nine RBIs and 21 of his 49 strikeouts this season.

Roenicke said a day off could be in order.

"Yeah, it could," Roenicke said. "He is a little banged up, but some of the other guys are, too."

Braun has started all but three games since coming off the DL. His last day off came June 19 at Arizona.

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