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Paul Goldschmidt is once again proving too difficult to handle at Miller Park.

The combination of the Arizona slugger and right-hander Chase Anderson, who is seeking to finish off a stellar month, could provide the ideal recipe for the Diamondbacks to complete a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Goldschmidt is batting .489 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 11 career regular-season games in Milwaukee after going 3 for 5 with a pair of longballs in Saturday's 7-3 victory. That average is the best among players with at least 40 plate appearances at Miller Park.

He's also hitting .442 with four homers in his last 10 overall matchups with the Brewers, and had three doubles in Friday's series opener.

"When he's going good, we usually have a really good chance to win. That's a fact," manager Chip Hale said. "The one thing he does is drive runs in. A lot of guys can get hits, but do they get hits at the right time of the game? Goldy seems to do that."

Goldschmidt, batting .469 with four homers in his last nine games, will try to propel the Diamondbacks (23-25) to an eighth win in nine games in Milwaukee since 2013.

They are expected to face a pitcher that's coming from Double-A to make his major league debut, Tyler Wagner, on Sunday.

Arizona will also seek its ninth win in 13 overall contests with Anderson (1-1, 2.59 ERA) heading to the mound. He is 1-0 with a 1.39 ERA in his five starts this month and 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in five on the road this season.

Anderson gave up a season-high 10 hits but limited the damage to two runs in six innings in Monday's 3-2, 10-inning loss in St. Louis.

"I just want to keep my team in the game, do my job and try to go as long as possible," he said.

Anderson took a 4-1 loss in his only start against Milwaukee on June 19, giving up three runs in six innings at Chase Field.

The Brewers (16-34) called up Wagner after placing Wily Peralta on the disabled list for a strained left oblique. The 24-year-old right-hander went 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA in nine starts at Biloxi, his first season above Class A.

"The biggest thing for me is just being able to slow things down and try not to notice the 40,000 people here at Miller Park," Wagner said. "It's going to be quite the task, but I think I'm up for it."

Wagner also has the difficult job of helping the Brewers avoid their second eight-game losing streak this season and their first eight-game skid at home since April 27-May 16, 2010.

Khris Davis likely won't be available to lend Wagner or any other Brewers pitcher some support in the near future. The outfielder is expected to undergo surgery Tuesday after tearing cartilage in his right knee in Saturday's first inning.

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