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  W: Z. Davies (9-7)   L: C. Hamels (7-6)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, September 6, 2019
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 38,139

Cubs rolling on road, face sliding Brewers

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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Cubs and Brewers meet for four at Miller Park after Milwaukee took two of three in Chicago last weekend. The Brewers have won eight of 11 against the Cubs in Milwaukee after losing 11 of their previous 14 matchups with Chicago there. The four straight home series wins over the Cubs is the club's longest since taking seven in row between 2011-13.
  2. The Cubs have won six of eight, and in the last six games, the team has a 1.67 ERA while the starting pitchers have allowed just five runs. Since August 15, Chicago's starters lead the majors with a 2.92 ERA.
  3. Willson Contreras homered Tuesday in his first at-bat after spending a month on the injured list. The homer was his 20th giving him multiple 20-homer seasons. He joins Jody Davis (two) and Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett (three) as the only Cubs catchers to have multiple 20-homer seasons.
  4. Jose Quintana threw 5 2/3 shutout innings in Friday's 7-1 win over Milwaukee, the fourth time in five starts he allowed one earned run or less. In 16 career starts against the Brewers, Quintana is 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.00 WHIP -- his lowest against any team he has made at least eight starts against.
  5. The Brewers are averaging a major league-low 2.67 runs in nine games since August 25, and their .154 batting average with runners in scoring position in that span is last in the NL. Since August 1, Milwaukee is averaging 4.00 runs after averaging 4.84 runs before it, and that dropoff of 0.84 runs is the biggest decrease in the NL.
  6. Christian Yelich homered Sunday at Wrigley for just his fourth home run in 31 games against the Cubs since the start of his 2018 NL MVP season. He has a .248/.321/.397 slash line against Chicago since the start of last season with a 30.25 AB/HR ratio compared to slashing .339/.447/.740 with a 9.97 AB/HR ratio against the other three NL Central teams.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/5/2019 thru 9/8/2019
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

A common storyline for the Chicago Cubs as they coped with inconsistencies earlier this season was an inability to win outside of Wrigley Field.

But as the Cubs have heated up to gain control of the second NL wild-card spot, they are showing an ability to win on the road.

Chicago seeks its seventh straight road win and attempts to push the Milwaukee Brewers further back in the wild-card race Friday night when the teams continue a four-game series.

Chicago is 29-39 away from home but has not lost a road game since Aug. 16 in Pittsburgh. That loss capped a stretch where the Cubs went 8-18 in 26 road games, but since then, Chicago has outscored opponents 37-16 in its last six road games.

It is Chicago's longest streak since winning nine straight road games in July 2017, and it continued with a 10-5 win in the series opener on Thursday.

That win pushed the Brewers five games behind the Cubs in the wild-card race, moved Chicago to within two games of Washington for the first wild-card spot and kept the Cubs 2 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central

"When you're in a race like this, someone's going to get really hot," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters before Thursday's game. "It happened last year. It's happened this year with the Cardinals. It just underscores the importance of getting hot yourself at the right time of the year.

"We're not where we want to be in the standings, but I think nonetheless we're pretty well positioned."

On Thursday, Willson Contreras had four hits, including a homer, while Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam and Anthony Rizzo drove in three runs.

The Cubs opened the series with their 12th win in the last 17 games, and they totaled 16 hits while Javier Baez sat out with right thumb soreness.

Milwaukee's chances are dwindling, and three more losses in this series would push the Brewers' deficit to eight games. The Brewers are 9-12 in their last 21 games since last holding the second wild-card spot following a 3-2 win over Texas on Aug. 10.

Yasmani Grandal, Hernan Perez and Cory Spangenberg homered Thursday, but Christian Yelich was 0-for-5 and has three hits in his last 21 at-bats.

"We got to win some games this series," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "There's still plenty of games after that, but we definitely got to put some wins on the board this series."

Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.69 ERA) will start Friday for Chicago and is facing Milwaukee for the second straight outing. He last pitched on Saturday and took his first home loss of the season when he allowed two runs in six innings.

Hamels is 1-2 with a 6.33 ERA in his last six starts since returning from a strained left oblique. The veteran left-hander is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee this season. He is 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA in 19 career starts against the Brewers.

Zach Davies (8-7, 3.76), who is 0-5 with a 7.76 ERA in his last six starts, pitches for Milwaukee. He is facing the Cubs for the second straight time after allowing four hits in 4 2/3 innings and taking a no-decision in Milwaukee's 2-0 win at Chicago on Saturday.

Davies is 1-2 with a 4.21 ERA in five starts against the Cubs this season. He is 6-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 career starts against Chicago.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 6, 2019

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