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Tuesday, April 30th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (15-11) at Milwaukee Brewers (13-11), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - James McDonald (2-2, 4.38) Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (2-1, 3.86)

(Sports Network) - Righty James McDonald can make it three starts since his last loss on Tuesday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates return to Miller Park for the second test of a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The California native fell to 1-2 on the season with a 10-6 loss against St. Louis on April 15, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and was ripped for eight runs.

He's steadied in two outings since, allowing four runs on seven hits in 11 innings while beating Atlanta and getting a no-decision at Philadelphia.

The Pirates won that game, 6-4.

McDonald is 1-3 in nine career meetings with the Brewers and has an 8.17 earned run average in seven games at Miller Park.

Milwaukee replies with 29-year-old righty Marco Estrada, who tries to restart an unbeaten streak.

The product of Long Beach State was 2-0 with two no-decisions in his initial four starts of 2013 before dropping a hard-luck 2-1 verdict at San Diego in his last outing on April 24.

He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed one earned run and struck out three batters in that game, which lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 3.86.

Estrada is 3-0 in eight lifetime meetings with Pittsburgh.

On Monday, Yovani Gallardo tossed seven innings and was one of four Milwaukee players to hit a solo home run as the Brewers outslugged the Pirates, 10-4.

Jean Segura had three hits, including a two-run blast, while Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt each hit solo shots for the Brewers, who have won eight straight versus the Pirates.

Milwaukee also improved to 14-1 versus the Bucs when Gallardo (3-1) starts on the hill, while the righty has a 10-1 mark all-time in those outings. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on just three hits and struck out five in the victory.

"My rhythm is slowly getting there," Gallardo said. "Tonight for the first few innings, I had to fight for it. I had to make an adjustment, then as the game went on I started to feel a lot better. My job is to put up zeros so they can get back up to the plate and score some more. That makes it just a matter of throwing strikes."

Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer and Gaby Sanchez and Andrew McCutchen each drove in one run for the Pirates, who were coming off a series win versus St. Louis.

Starter Wandy Rodriguez (2-1) struggled through 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks to absorb the loss.

"When you don't make good pitches the ball is going to fly here," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "They've always had good hitters here. We were rough off the mound tonight. We couldn't get the ball where we wanted. We've been here before and not won, we've started the last four series like this and have bounced back."

The Brewers have won the season series in each of the last six years, including 11 of 15 games in 2012. The Pirates last won it in 2006, when they took nine of 16 games.

04/30 10:22:47 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
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NYR
CAR
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
2nd
MIA 50
BOS 38
 
Half
BRK 53
DET 51
 
2nd
SAC 48
LAL 46
 
2nd
ORL 37
PHI 37
 
2nd
WAS 41
PHO 46
 
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MIN
IND
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OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Half
UGA 41
SHU 22
 
1st
ALA 19
APP 22
 
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KSU
NDST
 
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WASU
SJST
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UTEP
ALCOR
 
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SEAT
SACST
 
2nd
DET 0
COL 0
 
2nd
EDM 3
DAL 2
 
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BOS
BUF
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NYR
CAR
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CHI
TOR
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WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
4th
STL 20
NYG 37
 
4th
OAK 19
BUF 17
 
4th
DAL 42
IND 7
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA