(Sports Network) - Veteran righty Kyle Lohse makes his third attempt at a 10th
victory of the season on Friday night at Wrigley Field, when the Milwaukee
Brewers visit the Chicago Cubs for game one of a three-game series.
Lohse improved to 9-8 with a 6-3 defeat of his most recent former team - the
St. Louis Cardinals - on Aug. 20 in Milwaukee.
He allowed three runs on six hits in six innings of that game while walking
two and striking out four.
He was shelled for 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision at Pittsburgh
seven days later, then gave up a single run in six innings of another no-
decision, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, on Sept. 1.
Lohse is 5-4 in 18 career meetings with the Cubs and held them scoreless in
five hits over six innings when he last faced them on July 29 in Chicago.
He's opposed by 26-year-old lefty Chris Rusin, who gets a fifth crack at a
third victory of his second season in the majors.
The youngster was 2-1 after a 3-0 defeat of the Cardinals on Aug. 9 in St.
Louis, where he tossed six innings of scoreless seven-hit ball.
He lost two straight decisions - against Cincinnati and Washington - in his
next two starts, then got no-decisions at San Diego and home with Washington
on Aug. 25 and Aug. 31.
In one career meeting with the Brewers, he dropped a decision after allowing
just one run in five innings and striking out four batters.
On Wednesday in Milwaukee, Khris Davis hit a two-run homer and the Brewers
knocked out Francisco Liriano early en route to a 9-3 victory in the finale of
a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Aramis Ramirez and Jeff Bianchi each knocked in two runs during the Brewers'
13-hit attack and Wily Peralta (9-14) allowed three runs on nine hits over six
quality innings to collect the win and snap the club's five-game slide.
In Chicago, Donnie Murphy hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning,
one of four Cubs home runs in a 9-7 win over the Miami Marlins.
Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney added solo homers as Chicago
avoided being swept in three games by the only team in the National League
with a worse record. Navarro had three RBI and scored twice.
The Brewers entered the weekend with a slim 126-121 lead in the all-time
series with the Cubs and have won eight of 12 this season. Last time they
played, Milwaukee won three of four at Wrigley Field in late July.
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