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Brewers look for elusive series win

Brewers look for elusive series win

The Brewers need a win to avoid their fourth straight series loss when they face the Dodgers on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series.

After winning or splitting 10 straight series from April 9-May 9, Milwaukee has suddenly lost eight of its last 12 games, and has already lost consecutive series to the Mets, Phillies and Twins. The Brewers won the opener of the series in L.A. on Monday night, but took a one-run loss Tuesday.

If there was a consolation prize, it was that every National League Central team but last-place St. Louis also lost on Tuesday. The first-place Brewers maintained their 6 1/2-game division lead over the Cubs.

"It doesn't matter right now," manager Ned Yost said of the standings. "It's definitely nice to have a nice little cushion right now, but in reality it doesn't mean a thing."

The Brewers went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday after going 9-for-19 (.474) in wins Sunday and Monday over the Twins and Dodgers. They were just 3-for-26 (.083) in the clutch in the seven games before that.

"We need to do a better job of being consistent with runners in scoring position," catcher Johnny Estrada said.

Pitching matchup
MIL: LHP Chris Capuano (5-2, 3.72 ERA)
After going 5-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his first seven starts, Capuano is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in his last two outings. He surrendered seven hits for the second straight outing on Friday against the Twins, when he walked four batters and was tagged with six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Five of those runs scored in the third inning, when the Twins rallied with three walks and two hits, including a Torii Hunter grand slam, all with two outs. He has a 2.61 ERA in seven career games against the Dodgers.

LAD: RHP Brad Penny (5-1, 2.54 ERA)
Penny suffered his first loss of the year and it was a doozy, as he was charged with eight runs in five-plus innings, nearly doubling his ERA from 1.39 to 2.54. He was competitive until the sixth inning, when the first five batters had base hits and chased him from the game. Penny did not face the Brewers when the Dodgers opened the season in Milwaukee, and he's 2-2 with a 5.85 ERA in six career games against them.

Player to watch
Rickie Weeks finished 0-for-3 on Tuesday, but he walked and scored a run in his second game after missing four with a sore right wrist. Weeks has reached safely in 35 of his 39 games this season.

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On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN Wisconsin

On radio
• WTMJ 620

Up next
• Wednesday: Off-day
• Friday: Brewers (Dave Bush, 3-4, 5.56) at San Diego (Greg Maddux, 3-3, 4.14), 9:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Brewers (Claudio Vargas, 3-0, 3.68) at San Diego (Justin Germano, 2-0, 0.47), 9:05 p.m. CT

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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