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Chicago Cubs (46-37) at Milwaukee Brewers (43-38), 8:05 p.m.

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(Sports Network) - Carlos Zambrano tries for his 10th victory of the season as

the Cubs try to avoid being swept in a three-game series by the Milwaukee

Brewers tonight at Miller Park.

The Brewers will try for their first sweep of the Cubs since May 9-12, 2000,

which was at Wrigley Field. Milwaukee's last home sweep of the Cubs came

September 18-20, 2000 at County Stadium. It's a sharp contrast to last season

when the Cubs won all seven games at Miller Park. Chicago had won 10 of the

last 14 meetings going into this year.

Zambrano, named to his first National League All-Star team Sunday, sparked in

a victory last Friday against the White Sox, allowing two hits and two

unearned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs are 6-1 in his last seven starts. The

23-year-old righthander has fashioned a 6-0 mark with a 1.41 ERA in seven

home starts this season, but on the road he's 3-3 with a 3.30 ERA in nine

outings.

Over his career, Zambrano has a 2-1 mark with a 3.38 ERA in four games (3

starts) against the Brewers.

The Brewers will send lefthander Doug Davis to the mound tonight. He had a

four-start winning streak broken last Friday in game one of a doubleheader

against Pittsburgh, when he gave up five hits, six runs and six walks in four

innings. He is still looking to become the first Brewers lefthander to post

nine-or-more victories prior to the All-Star break since Teddy Higuera was

10-7 in 1986.

Davis is 1-2 wit a 3.93 ERA in three career outings against the Cubs.

Last night, Victor Santos threw 6 2/3 solid innings and Keith Ginter crushed a

two-run homer in the first off Mark Prior, leading Milwaukee to a 4-2 triumph.

Santos (8-3) yielded two runs on five hits to earn his sixth win in his last

seven starts. He walked three and struck out four to give Milwaukee its second

straight victory on the heels of a four-game slide.

With their 43rd win, the Brewers are now assured of being at the .500 mark at

the All-Star break for the first time since 1998 when they were 43-42 heading

into the Midsummer Classic.

All-Star Danny Kolb worked out of mild trouble in the ninth for his 26th save

in 27 chances this season.

Prior (2-2) took the loss after getting reached for four earned runs in the

opening frame. He struck out eight, but lasted only four innings en route to

the loss.

The Cubs were once again without the services of Aramis Ramirez at third base,

and it cost them. Brendan Harris, recalled from Triple-A Iowa, was pressed

into starting duties as Ramirez is still nursing a sore groin. In his major

league debut, Harris made a throwing error in the first inning that led to all

four Milwaukee runs.

The Cubs, in second place in the NL Central, are now five games behind the St.

Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs have dropped six of their last seven road games, but are 21-21

outside Wrigley Field this season.

The Brewers own a 23-17 mark at Miller Park this season.

season and they have dropped

their last two home games.

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