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PIT@PHI: Wandy fans five over 5 2/3 innings of work

Winners of five of their last six games, the Pirates are coming off a series win over the Cardinals and are hoping to carry that momentum on the road against the Brewers when the teams begin a three-game set on Monday at Miller Park.

Pittsburgh's 15 wins tie the club's all-time record (1992) for April. The Pirates still have two games left as they attempt to break the record.

However, Miller Park has not been kind to the Pirates. Since 2007, the Pirates are 7-44 there.

"All the stops are tough, and Milwaukee is just next," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "This is a confident group, but we have to go out and play and we look forward to the challenge tomorrow night."

While the Pirates try to break through and get a rare road win against the Brewers, Andrew McCutchen will attempt to break out of his slump as well. McCutchen was not in Sunday's lineup and is in the midst of a 1-for-25 slump, the worst of his career.

McCutchen is a career .291 hitter with eight home runs and 27 RBIs at Miller Park. The 26-year old center fielder also has a lifetime .292 batting average against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.

While the Pirates have been pleased with their results of late, the Brewers are trying to get back on track. Milwaukee returns home having lost three of their past four games, dropping their past two in a series loss to the Dodgers.

Gallardo won his past two starts, however.

Pirates: Walker could return for Brewers series
Neil Walker, who has six stitches in his right index knuckle, may be able to play when the Pirates take on the Brewers. Walker was injured on Friday night and may give the Pirates some much needed bench depth until the stitches are removed.

• Starter Wandy Rodriguez enters Monday's game with a 2-0 record and a 1.66 ERA. In his last start on Wednesday vs. the Phillies, Rodriguez allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings .

Brewers: Henderson seeking efficiency
• Jim Henderson has converted each of his six save opportunities this season, but has thrown more than 20 pitches in three of those games. Henderson knows he needs to start throwing less pitches and is seeking consistency in his mechanics and delivery.

"I thought about it [Saturday] night," Henderson said, "and the positive of it is that I'm not as sharp as I [can be], but I'm getting the job done."

Worth noting
• Ryan Braun (.359) and Rickie Weeks (.300) each have had a lot of success against Rodriguez in their careers.

• This is the first meeting between the teams this season, but in 2012 the Brewers were 11-4 against the Pirates and outscored them 85-59. Comments