The Milwaukee Brewers are finally stringing some wins together, doing it on the home field that plagued them previously. It's the opposite story for the Los Angeles Angels.
While the Brewers seek to extend their season-high winning streak on Wednesday, the Angels hope to close a disappointing road trip on a positive note at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (11-15) has won three games in a row for the first time since late September and is in line for its first sweep since the opening three days of that month.
The Brewers opened their six-game homestand with a pair of losses to Miami after dropping five of their previous six, but have scored 27 runs in three consecutive victories. They piled up 14 hits in Monday's 8-5 win in the opener of this series and followed with Tuesday's 5-4 victory after trailing by four early.
Milwaukee had lost its previous eight home games against the Angels dating to August 1997.
Ryan Braun took Tuesday off after exiting Monday's game with "general soreness," but the Brewers still brought their bats. Chris Carter went deep twice, his second multihomer game in the last three to raise his team lead to nine, and Jonathan Lucroy added his first with his third straight two-hit game.
Carter's other two-homer game came in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Marlins. He said his early success was due to ''just hitting the ball wherever it's pitched instead of kind of being more of a pull hitter.''
The Brewers pounded Angels starters Jered Weaver and Nick Tropeano for 16 hits and 12 runs in 10 innings the last two days, raising Los Angeles' starting ERA to 9.82 during a 1-4 road trip.
On the flip side, the Angels were beaten Tuesday by journeyman Junior Guerra in his first MLB start. Mike Trout continued to roll with a two-run single, giving him 16 RBIs in his last dozen games, but the Angels finished with just eight singles and a double.
Los Angeles (12-15) previously closed a 4-2 homestand with three straight wins but will try to avoid its 10th loss in 13 road games since opening 3-0 away from home.
Hector Santiago will be called upon to stop the bleeding while looking to bounce back from his first loss.
Santiago (2-1, 3.34 ERA) was solid through five innings of Friday's 4-2 loss at Texas before allowing three runs while logging just two outs in the sixth. It was his first time failing to get through six.
"For the most part, I made my pitches," Santiago told MLB's official website. "Overall, I felt good about the outing."
The left-hander has never faced the Brewers, though he has seen Carter quite a bit. Milwaukee's first baseman, who previously played for Oakland and Houston, has five hits in 14 at-bats in the matchup, hitting two home runs and a double while striking out six times. Domingo Santana has also homered off Santiago in four at-bats, striking out the other three.
Zach Davies (0-3, 8.78) is off to a terrible start in his second big league season, surrendering 13 runs in 13 1/3 innings while opponents are hitting .411.
A three-run home run hurt him in Friday's 6-3 loss to Miami at Miller Park. Davies holds a 6.33 ERA in four career starts in Milwaukee.