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MIL@HOU: Gallardo whiffs six over seven strong frames

The Cubs are used to playing in a ballpark known for its friendly confines. Too bad they don't receive such hospitality during visits to Miller Park.

Chicago has lost nine straight and 19 of the past 21 games in the Brewers' yard. The Cubs are 1-5 this year against Milwaukee, which swept a three-game series at home in April.

The two clubs will play the second of a three-game set at Miller Park on Wednesday, with Scott Feldman scheduled to take the ball for the visitors against Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo. The Brewers won in blowout fashion Tuesday, 9-3.

"Coming back to a place where I've spent almost half my career is always nice. We need to beat them, too," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who played for the Brewers from 1986-91. "We haven't played that well against the Brewers in my year-and-a-half managing. Hopefully, we can do something and get off to a lead and use this park to an advantage. We hit home runs, but we haven't done that here when we've played here."

Of the Cubs' 80 home runs, 52 of them came at Wrigley Field, giving the club more long balls at home than any other team in baseball. On the road, however, Chicago has hit 28 homers, tied for third-fewest in the Major Leagues.

Offense hasn't been too easy for the Brewers to come by lately, either, though. Before Tuesday's outburst, Milwaukee had scored just 17 runs over its last seven games. Things won't be made easier by the fact that Milwaukee will probably be without Carlos Gomez for the remainder of the series, as Gomez suffered a strained left shoulder Sunday.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has had to tinker with his lineup, as Gomez, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart have all missed time because of injuries. Plus, Aramis Ramirez is trying to play through an ailing left knee. The third baseman went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Tuesday.

"It's tough," Roenicke said. "[Jean Segura] going to third isn't really something he wants to do. You only hit third once in the lineup -- that's at the beginning. The other time, you could lead off the inning. You don't know where you're going to hit. It shouldn't matter -- unfortunately, it does."

In 74 games this season, Segura is batting .334 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs. He hit second in the lineup Tuesday, going 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Cubs: Feldman struggling against Central clubs
Things haven't gone very well in Feldman's four outings against other National League Central teams. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA. In his last start, Feldman gave up five runs over 5 1/3 innings in St. Louis.

"You've got to make your pitches, and at the same time, be aggressive," Feldman said after allowing six hits and four walks to the Cardinals. "I think you've got to tip your cap tonight. They did a great job and just beat me."

Feldman lost in Milwaukee on April 21, when he allowed four runs (one earned) over five innings. In 14 starts this season, he is 6-6 with a 3.39 ERA.

Brewers: Gallardo staying away from earned runs
Gallardo has gone 18 straight innings without allowing an earned run. In his last three starts, Gallardo lasted seven innings, six innings and eight innings, respectively, all without an earned run -- although he gave up three unearned runs Thursday.

"He had everything working," Roenicke said after Gallardo's last outing, in which he surrendered five hits while walking two and striking out six.

In 16 starts this season, Gallardo is 6-6 with a 4.09 ERA. He has yet to face the Cubs in 2013, but in 14 career starts against Chicago, Gallardo is 7-2 with a 2.95 ERA. The righty also has 105 strikeouts in only 88 1/3 innings against the Cubs.

Worth noting
• Both clubs entered this series with identical 31-43 records. With Milwaukee's win Tuesday, the Brewers put a one-game barrier between themselves and the last-place Cubs in the NL Central. Comments