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Pittsburgh at Milwaukee
When: 2:10 PM ET, Thursday, June 22, 2017
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Brewers put a three-game slide in their rearview mirror and aim to gain a split of a four-game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Domingo Santana's go-ahead, two-run homer capped a three-run seventh inning on Wednesday as Milwaukee rallied for a 4-3 victory.

Orlando Arcia reached base three times on two hits and walk while scoring twice on Wednesday as the Brewers increased their lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee's Eric Thames, who drove in a run with a pinch-hit groundout, is hitless in 10 at-bats in the series and 0-for-13 over his last four contests. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen 6-for-10 with two homers and six RBIs in the series after recording a single and two walks on Wednesday. Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, who went 2-for-4 with a RBI on Wednesday, is 7-for-12 with a homer and three doubles against scheduled Brewers starter Chase Anderson.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Pittsburgh, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Ivan Nova (7-4, 2.91 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Chase Anderson (5-2, 2.92)

Nova has won four of his last five decisions after defeating the Chicago Cubs in his last start, when he gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings. The 30-year-old has issued just nine walks in 96 frames and has a splendid 1.02 WHIP. Nova is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against Milwaukee, with both coming last season and one being a showdown versus Anderson.

Anderson did not factor in the decision against San Diego in his last turn, when he gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings. Prior to that outing, the 29-year-old gave up one run and 14 hits with 30 strikeouts during a 27 2/3-inning stretch over four starts. Anderson is 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA in eight career starts against Pittsburgh, including a 3-1 record and 2.16 ERA in five outings last season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Milwaukee LF Ryan Braun (calf) and 2B Jonathan Villar (back) will begin rehab stints at Single-A Wisconsin on Thursday, with both players targeted to return to the majors on Tuesday.

2. Pittsburgh C Francisco Cervelli (flu-like symptoms/fatigue) will miss his third consecutive contest.

3. Brewers INF Eric Sogard is 14-for-36 with four walks during his nine-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Brewers 5, Pirates 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Pittsburgh 33-39 L1 19-18 14-21 16-10 10-15 5-8 2-6
Milwaukee 39-35 W1 20-22 19-13 6-4 17-15 12-13 4-3
Last Meeting
Pittsburgh Milwaukee
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/21/17 PIT 3 MIL 4 .294 1 .885 .258 1 .722
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Pittsburgh G. Polanco .429 9 1.050
Milwaukee K. Broxton .294 5 .840
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pittsburgh J. Bell 2 4 2
Milwaukee T. Shaw 2 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Pittsburgh 2.17 .269 53
Milwaukee 4.05 .205 50
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Pittsburgh J. Harrison .297 78 .827
Milwaukee T. Shaw .290 72 .873
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pittsburgh A. McCutchen 14 41 43
Milwaukee E. Thames 20 50 39
Pitching ERA Avg K
Pittsburgh 4.36 .248 530
Milwaukee 4.27 .251 589