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Brewers eye sixth straight win

Sep 26, 2006 - 2:40 PM Milwaukee (73-83) at Chicago Cubs (63-94) 8:05 pm EDT

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are closing out the season with a bang.

The Brewers go for their season-high sixth straight win in Tuesday's opener of a short two-game set with the Chicago Cubs.

Milwaukee has matched its longest winning streak of the season, equaling its 5-0 start to the campaign. The Brewers are coming off a four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants in which they scored a total of 37 runs.

Rookie Carlos Villanueva will make his ninth appearance - fourth start - of the season for the Brewers. The 22-year-old righthander tossed seven sparkling innings Wednesday, allowing only three hits in an eventual 1-0 triumph against St. Louis.

Chicago counters with a rookie of its own in Sean Marshall (5-9, 5.64), who is 0-2 with an 8.65 ERA over his last six starts. The 24-year-old lefthander has not pitched since September 18, when he surrendered six runs in 3 1/3 innings of an eventual 11-6 victory against Philadelphia.

The Cubs have lost five of their last six games, scoring two runs or fewer in four of those defeats.

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