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Pittsburgh at Milwaukee

Venue: Miller Park
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The Milwaukee Brewers were looking for some offense after a tough end to their recent trip. They've found it at Miller Park.

Milwaukee goes for a ninth straight home win and a 10th in a row overall against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday's series finale.

After striking out 12 times and being held to four hits in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers (14-11) have rebounded from their 3-3 trip with 28 total hits - 16 for extra bases - in a pair of wins over Pittsburgh (15-12). Yuniesky Betancourt, Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks all went deep in Tuesday's 12-8 victory after Milwaukee launched a season-high five homers in Monday's 10-4 win.

The Brewers, winners of 12 of 15, hadn't put up double-digit runs in back-to-back games since Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 against Houston.

"They play well here. They swing the bats well," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Milwaukee, which has lost just seven times in 53 home games in this series since 2007, goes for the sweep with Hiram Burgos (1-0, 3.27 ERA) getting his first look at the Pirates. The right-hander makes his third career start after throwing six innings of three-run ball in Friday's 7-5 loss to the Dodgers.

"I was too much over the plate. But I did adjustments, and I kept a couple of hitters off balance, and the defense made really good plays for me," Burgos told the Brewers' official website. "I just tried to keep it close."

The Pirates' pitching performances in this series haven't come close to their previous two games, wins at St. Louis over the weekend that moved them into first place in the Central. Now percentage points behind Milwaukee for third, Pittsburgh will turn to Jeanmar Gomez (1-0, 2.63) as it tries to finish a 10-game trip with a winning record.

Gomez, solid in five relief appearances, has taken over Jonathan Sanchez' spot in the rotation. Sanchez was designated for assignment on Tuesday, a day after being demoted to the bullpen - he surrendered two runs on Monday. The left-hander drew a six-game suspension on Saturday after hitting St. Louis' Allen Craig with a pitch the day before.

Gomez came on in relief in that 9-1 loss, yielding three runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Hurdle will give Gomez his first start since Sept. 29 while with Cleveland instead of calling up Andrew Oliver or Gerrit Cole. The Pirates, instead, brought up Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday to take Sanchez' spot in the bullpen.

"There'd be no benefit to calling someone up for one time, when we've got a guy in-house who has started in the past," Hurdle told the Pirates' official website.

Gomez has never faced Milwaukee.

The Brewers are probably getting tired of facing center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who is 5 for 9 with a homer and three RBIs in the series after going 1 for 22 to open the trip. Five of McCutchen's 20 hits during his 10-game hitting streak in Milwaukee have left the park.

Betancourt, the only Brewer on the roster to have faced Gomez, is 2 for 6 with a homer in that matchup. Betancourt and Pirates catcher Russell Martin, who hit his fourth homer in four games on Tuesday, have six long balls since April 16 - tied for second in the majors during that stretch.

The Brewers have 19 homers and are averaging 7.1 runs during their Miller Park winning streak.

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Probable Starters

Jeanmar Gomez, RHP
2013 stats
13.2 Innings Pitched 11.0
1-0 Wins-Losses 1-0
2.63 Earned Run Average 3.27
7 Walks 2
7 Strikeouts 4
0.0 Pitches Per Start 86
Career vs. opponent
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Hiram Burgos, HP
Weather
Indoor
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Pittsburgh2nd NL Central5749.53817-3 W 3
Milwaukee1st NL Central6049.550-6-4 W 1
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BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Pittsburgh 130 Milwaukee -140
Injuries
Pittsburgh
PlayerInjury
C. BarmesGroin
G. ColeLat
S. MarteHead
Milwaukee
PlayerInjury
J. BianchiElbow
J. HendersonShoulder
T. ThornburgElbow
W. WangShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 14MILSTL 4-0Lynn Garza 
Apr 15MILSTL 6-1Miller Estrada 
Apr 16MILMIL 5-1Peralta Kelly 
Apr 28STLMIL 5-3Duke Maness 
Apr 29STLMIL 5-4Thornburg Siegrist 
Apr 30STLSTL 9-3Miller Garza 
Jul 11MILSTL 7-6Neshek Rodriguez 
Jul 12MILSTL 10-2Wainwright Nelson 
Jul 13MILMIL 11-2Peralta Martinez 
Aug 1STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Aug 2STL 7:15 PM EDT  
Aug 3STL 2:15 PM EDT  
Sep 4MIL 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 5MIL 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 6MIL 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 7MIL 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 16STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Sep 17STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Sep 18STL 8:15 PM EDT