(Sports Network) - Right-hander Dave Bush can push Milwaukee's win streak to three tonight when the Brewers host the visiting Chicago Cubs in the initial test of a three-game set between National League Central Division foes at Miller Park.
The Brewers, mired in fourth place in the division, finished a home series with second-place St. Louis on Wednesday with an 8-1 triumph - finishing the three game set with two straight after dropping Monday's opener.
Ryan Braun homered and drove in a total of four runs to back Chris Capuano's solid performance on the mound.
Capuano (3-3) gave up one run on four hits over seven innings for the Brewers, who have won three of four overall. Casey McGehee had two RBI for the victors.
Bush, a 30-year-old Pittsburgh native, has alternated wins and losses over his last four decisions, most recently defeating the Pirates, 8-4, in an Aug. 29 start in Milwaukee.
He took a no-decision in his latest start on Sept. 4 at Philadelphia, allowing six hits and three runs over six innings of a game Milwaukee lost, 5-4.
The former second-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays (2002) is just 2-9 lifetime against the Cubs in 19 appearances - 18 starts - and has faced them three times in 2010 with a loss and two no-decisions.
In the three games this season, Bush has pitched 15 2/3 innings while surrendering 23 hits and 13 earned runs.
He is 4-6 in 15 starts in Milwaukee this season.
For the Cubs, fiery Venezuelan righty Carlos Zambrano can extend his personal win streak to five.
A newsmaker in 2010 due both to injury and clubhouse unrest, Zambrano has gone 4-0 with a pair of no-decisions in six starts since returning to the Chicago rotation on Aug. 9.
He allowed two runs in a Sept. 4 start against the New York Mets and one run in each in three consecutive starts against Pittsburgh, Washington and San Diego between Aug. 19-30.
His last loss came June 25 against the Chicago White Sox.
Zambrano pitched an inning of scoreless relief against the Brewers in a 15-3 Cubs win on Aug. 4 and is 11-8 lifetime against them in 30 games - 27 starts.
He is 4-4 on the road this season with a 5.90 earned run average in 50 1/3 innings.
Randy Wells (6-13) gave up four runs in six innings to take the loss for the Cubs, who went 5-4 on their homestand.
The Cubs are 7-5 this season against the Brewers.