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Friday, April 25th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (7-14) at Milwaukee Brewers (16-6), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Carlos Villanueva (1-4, 10.93) Milwaukee - Matt Garza (0-2, 4.50)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers look to pad their lead in the National League Central Division on Friday when they begin a three-game series with the last-place Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.

At 16-6, Milwaukee owns the best record in the majors. While much of that early success has come on the road (9-1), the team did improve its home record to 7-5 with Wednesday's 5-2, series-clinching win over the San Diego Padres.

Kyle Lohse surrendered just one earned run in seven innings, while Jean Segura delivered a three-run homer and Khris Davis tacked on a solo shot for an offense that had largely struggled at Miller Park.

The Brewers have won five of their last six games overall.

Chicago lost the final two games of its four-game series with Arizona after winning the first two. On Thursday, the Cubs were dealt a 5-2 setback to spoil a quality start from Edwin Jackson, who went seven innings and gave up three runs.

Taking the mound in Friday's series opener for Chicago is right-hander Carlos Villanueva, who pitched as a swing man for Milwaukee from 2006-10. This could be his last start for Chicago in the foreseeable future with Jake Arrieta nearing a return. Villanueva gave up a career-high nine runs in three innings at St. Louis on April 12, then followed that up by allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings of Sunday's 8-2 loss to Cincinnati.

"We all know what the plan is, it's no major secret," Villanueva said. "If I have to go down to the bullpen, I'll keep working my butt off and try to help out there."

Meanwhile, Milwaukee will send right-hander Matt Garza to the mound to face his former team for the first time. Garza, who pitched for the Cubs from 2011 until being traded away last summer, is still seeking his first win for a Brewers club that signed him to a four-year $50 million deal, the richest free agent contract in team history.

"Not really," he told reporters when asked if there was any significance about facing his former squad. "There's your answer. It's another ballgame."

In his last start, Garza was done in by a five-run fourth inning after second baseman Rickie Weeks misplayed a routine double-play grounder. Garza entered Friday 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA.

"I think the last game where we didn't play well behind him defensively and he had the tough inning, it may have gotten to him a little bit," manager Ron Roenicke said. "But I thought he kept his composure and still tried to make pitches. Sometimes we're not making plays, and sometimes he makes a good pitch and they roll one right between somebody. It's always a little bit of both.

"He can definitely throw the ball better, and I've seen better. Hopefully we get him in a groove where we see this consistency from him and we get a lot of good outings in a row."

This marks the first of 19 scheduled matchups between the Brewers and Cubs this season. Milwaukee went 13-6 against Chicago last season.

04/25 10:30:41 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
 
1st OT
SAN 104
POR 99
 
3rd
DEN 64
LAC 67
 
1st
LAL 0
OKC 0
 
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
 
2nd
MARQ 77
ALAAM 42
 
2nd
TTU 53
ARKPB 38
 
2nd
DEN 67
COLST 76
 
2nd
CREI 69
TXPA 51
 
1st
CAL 29
EWASH 24
 
1st
UTST 26
IDST 20
 
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
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2