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Andrew McCutchen's production at home was much better than it was on the road last year, and that split is already starting to show in 2016.

After ending his home run drought, McCutchen looks to extend his hot start at PNC Park and help the Pittsburgh Pirates end this three-game series with consecutive wins over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Throughout his seven-plus years in the majors, McCutchen has been more effective at home as opposed to away from it. However, the difference in production was at its peak last year when he hit .327 in Pittsburgh compared to .255 on the road.

While still very early, that trend has continued with the five-time All-Star going 3 for 20 in five away games and 9 for 26 with three doubles in seven at home.

McCutchen also connected for his first homer of the season Saturday, a solo shot in a 5-0 win over Milwaukee that stopped Pittsburgh's four-game skid.

Ending his drought was a relief to the 2013 NL MVP since he hit seven home runs in spring training and has at least 21 in each of the past five years.

"It was about time," McCutchen said. "I've hit so many balls right on the barrel already this season and don't have much to show for it. I could have eight home runs already with a little bit of luck."

His 24 homers against the Brewers are one shy of his total against Cincinnati for his most versus any opponent. McCutchen is batting .327 in his past 28 home games against Milwaukee, hitting safely in nine straight.

Josh Harrison is 11 for 25 (.440) with six runs in his last six home matchups with the Brewers after delivering an RBI triple and single Saturday.

The Pirates (6-6) turn to Juan Nicasio looking for him to bounce back from a rough outing. The right-hander tied his career high with five walks while being tagged for four runs and six hits in three innings of Tuesday's 8-2 loss at Detroit. That was in stark contrast to his season debut six days earlier when he yielded one run and two hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of a 5-1 win over St. Louis.

Nicasio is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in four games - two starts - against the Brewers, but he hasn't faced them since April 2013.

The Brewers (5-6) have rotated wins and losses over their last eight games and would like to continue that trend just one more time. They've been feast or famine at the plate while going 2-3 during this eight-game road trip.

Milwaukee has scored 14 runs with a .282 average in those victories compared to one and .114 in the defeats. The team only managed three hits Saturday after getting 11 in Friday's 8-4 win.

The Brewers have recalled Zach Davies for a spot start in place of Matt Garza, who is still on the disabled list with a strained right lat suffered in spring training.

Davies is still considered a rookie after going 3-2 with a 3.71 ERA in six starts as a September callup last season. The right-hander won his last two starts by tossing 13 scoreless innings.

He made his major league debut Sept. 2 against Pittsburgh, allowing four runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 9-4 win.

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