Milwaukee (39-30) at Chicago (27-40)

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  • Game info: 2:20 pm EDT Thu Jun 16, 2011
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Zack Greinke(notes) has gotten plenty of help from his teammates during his longest win streak since a Cy Young Award-winning season.

The first-place Brewers will try to continue supporting the right-hander during his attempt to tie the longest win streak in the majors this season in his first matchup with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

After losing his debut for Milwaukee on May 4, Greinke (6-1, 4.69 ERA) has won six straight decisions and his latest victory helped his team in its drive to the top of the NL Central. He struck out nine and gave up three runs over seven innings in a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Saturday.

Greinke, who started 6-0 en route to the 2009 AL Cy Young with Kansas City, has a 4.30 ERA in his last seven starts but has also received a combined 38 runs of support. He started the season on the disabled list after suffering a cracked rib while playing basketball during spring training.

“So far, it’s better than I ever could’ve imagined. We’re playing great, it’s fun to watch us play and it’s been working out good. We’re scoring a lot of runs,” Greinke said. “I haven’t put up a bunch of zeros, but it’s been good enough to keep us in the game.”

Greinke hopes to join Mets rookie Dillon Gee(notes), Texas’ Alexi Ogando(notes) and Boston’s Jon Lester(notes) as pitchers with seven straight wins this season.

Greinke’s streak has coincided with a lengthy surge for the Brewers (39-30), who recorded their 25th win in 35 games Wednesday.

After scoring four runs over consecutive defeats to the Cubs, Milwaukee got two RBIs apiece from four players in a 9-5 victory Wednesday. Rickie Weeks(notes) homered during his second straight three-hit game, and Ryan Braun(notes) went 3 for 5 with three runs scored.

The win has Milwaukee one game in front of the slumping Cardinals in the division heading into Thursday.

“Just trying to get some (runs) on the board,” Weeks said. “It feels good to get some hits and help the pitchers out.”

After being denied a season-high third straight win, the Cubs will try to bounce back while giving better support to Matt Garza(notes) (2-6, 3.84). Chicago (27-40) has lost 14 of 19 overall and six of nine at home.

The right-hander is 0-2 in his last three starts despite a very respectable 2.81 ERA. He’s received seven runs from his teammates over that span and was on the wrong end of a duel with Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee(notes) in a 7-1 defeat Saturday. Garza gave up two runs and five hits over six innings.

“Garza was fantastic,” manager Mike Quade said. “Only one earned run, he did a hell of a job.”

Garza allowed five runs over 5 2-3 innings and struck out eight in his only start against Milwaukee, a 6-0 defeat April 9. Prince Fielder(notes) hit a career-high three doubles against him in that game and finished with four RBIs.

Alfonso Soriano(notes), who returned from the disabled list Wednesday, is 3 for 10 against Greinke, while Carlos Pena is 3 for 27 (.111) with 14 strikeouts.

The Cubs and Brewers have split six games this season.

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Z. Greinke LAD vs. M. Garza Mil
16-6 Record 10-10
3.83 ERA 3.32
201 K 197
45 BB 63
1.20 WHIP 1.26


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