The Brewers (62-65) swept a three-game series from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, with a 12-6 win. It is the first time they have won three or more in a row since a four-game run from July 3-6.
Meanwhile, the Marlins (60-66) are trying to extend their winning streak to five after defeating the Washington Nationals 9-7 on Wednesday. All four wins during Florida’s current streak have come by two or fewer runs.
This is the longest winning streak for the Marlins since taking four in a row from July 21-25. They have not won five consecutive contests since a season-high nine-game winning streak from June 10-20.
The Marlins turn to Ricky Nolasco (11-8, 4.14 ERA) for then series opener as he hopes to rebound from his last start. The right-hander surrendered three runs and nine hits in six innings of a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
“I’ve just got to be able to close out innings,” Nolasco said. “I didn’t do that tonight. I just tried to battle, but they did a good job of capitalizing on my mistakes.
“I got balls over the middle of the plate and pitched behind in the count. You can’t do that too much.”
Despite the stumble, the 23-year-old rookie is 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break and is tied with fellow rookie Josh Johnson for the staff lead in victories. Nolasco has never faced Milwaukee.
The Brewers also give Dave Bush (9-9, 4.71 ERA) his first career start against the Marlins.
The right-hander has set a career high in wins this season, and has a chance to equal his total win output for the previous two years, when he won five games in each season for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The right-hander has won three of his last four starts. He yielded four runs and eight hits through seven innings of a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
“Bushy pitched a good game,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “To get us into the eighth inning was a great job.”
Bush also helped his own cause with a fourth-inning bases-loaded single, driving in two runs to give the Brewers the lead for good.
The Marlins’ Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and added four RBIs on Wednesday to become the fifth active player to reach 100 career homers before his 24th birthday, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones and Albert Pujols.
“It means a lot because those are big names,” said Cabrera, who will turn 24 next April 18. “When you see your name with those guys, you feel proud.”
The third baseman is second in the NL with a .341 batting average and leads the Marlins with 22 homers and 93 RBIs.