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Tuesday, August 27th (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Brewers (57-73) at Pittsburgh Pirates (76-54), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.22) Pittsburgh - Jeff Locke (9-4, 3.01)

(Sports Network) - While their two main competitors for the National League Central crown go head-to-head this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope to get Jeff Locke on track Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pirates dropped the final two contests of a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants, exiting play on Sunday tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the top spot in the division, with the Cincinnati Reds 2 1/2 games back.

While Pittsburgh was off on Monday, the Reds and Cardinals opened up a three- game set in St. Louis. The Cards picked up an 8-6 win, moving them a half-game in front of the Pirates.

The Pirates were unable to score a run in Sunday's 4-0 loss in San Francisco as the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong hurled eight scoreless innings. A.J. Burnett took the loss, giving up four runs over 7 1/3 frames.

"He's pitched big games, he's won big games," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, referring to Vogelsong. "We weren't able to adjust or complicate things for him very much."

The Pirates will now host the Brewers and Cards for three games this week and hope that Locke can secure his first win since July 21.

The All-Star is winless in six straight starts, going 0-2 with a 6.59 earned run average. He lasted just four innings at San Francisco on Thursday and gave up three runs on five hits and four walks over 73 pitches.

Locke is 9-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 25 starts this season and beat the Brewers with six scoreless innings on May 25. He fanned seven, moving to 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three lifetime meetings.

The 25-year-old southpaw will also try to keep up Pittsburgh's recent success in this series. The Brewers went 59-18 versus the Pirates between 2008-12, but Pittsburgh has won five straight and nine of the 13 encounters this year, going 6-1 at home in that span.

Kyle Lohse, though, could be an equalizer as the first-year Brewer takes the hill tonight. He has excellent career numbers versus the Pirates, going 9-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 19 meetings (18 starts).

Lohse has won four of his past five decisions and beat his former Cardinals club on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed three runs over six innings of a 6-3 decision.

"I don't put any more emphasis on any one game over the other," said Lohse when asked about pitching against the Cardinals. "I went out there and tried to do what I've been doing."

That has been win. The 34-year-old Lohse is 9-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 26 starts this year, while 13 of his last 16 outings have been quality starts.

The Brewers lent the Pirates a hand by taking two of three from the Reds over the weekend, winning Sunday's rubber match 3-1 behind a great effort from Marco Estrada.

Estrada only allowed one hit through seven scoreless innings, walking two and striking out a season-high nine batters.

"It would have been nice," said Estrada about his chances to finish the game. "But with the weather the way it was, I was a little tired. Seven innings was pretty good."

Caleb Gindl slugged an early two-run homer and Jean Segura finished with two hits and drove in the other run for the Brewers.

08/27 10:25:37 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 110
POR 112
 
4th
DEN 80
LAC 74
 
1st
LAL 22
OKC 17
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
Final
TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
Final
DEN 84
COLST 85
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Half
CAL 37
EWASH 26
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
3rd
CAL 1
DAL 2