Chicago (74-76) at Milwaukee (73-76)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Milwaukee, WI, US
Temp: 69° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Tue Sep 20, 2005
  • TV: WCIU
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The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs each continue their quests to reach the .500 mark when they open a three-game series at Miller Park.

Milwaukee was swept in a weekend set with the Houston Astros, losing the finale 6-1 on Sunday. The Brewers were swept for the first time since Aug. 8-10, when they lost three to the St. Louis Cardinals, and fell three games under .500 for the first time in two weeks.

Milwaukee now returns home from a 2-4 road trip needing wins in eight of its final 13 games to avoid its 14th consecutive losing season.

“We have to go back home and win, plain and simple,” Brewers catcher Chad Moeller said. “Obviously, we would have liked to win some more games here, but it’s done, it’s over with, and we need to go back home and win now.”

The Brewers were held scoreless for 19 consecutive innings before Jeff Cirillo’s RBI grounder in the eighth on Sunday.

Chicago split a four-game series with St. Louis, winning the finale 7-4 on Sunday to move within two games of the .500 mark. The Cubs have had two straight winning seasons under manager Dusty Baker, and another one would give them three in a row for the first time since 1970-72.

The Cubs, who play seven of their last 12 games on the road, are 38-36 away from Wrigley Field.

Rookie Matt Murton hit his fifth homer in the sixth inning to break a 4-all tie on Sunday, and Todd Walker led off the seventh with his 12th homer for the Cubs.

Murton is batting .333, and is making a strong bid to secure the left field job for next season. He began the year at Double-A West Tennessee.

“He’s got the legs (to be a power hitter),” Baker said. “We know he can hit the ball to right field, he’s got a good eye for the strike zone and he can run and he’s making fine progress for a young man who came out of Double-A.”

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