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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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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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KAN 3
 
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WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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RUTG 24
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
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WASU 30
ARZ 52
 
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CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
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LAMON 18
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 24
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
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TENN 10
ALA 27
 
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AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
3rd
TOR 0
BOS 3
 
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NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 3
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
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MON 2
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
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NAS 0
PIT 1
 
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MIN 5
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14