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Major League Baseball
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Milwaukee at Colorado
When: 8:40 PM ET, Friday, August 18, 2017
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

The Milwaukee Brewers are right on the heels of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, but will explore another avenue to the postseason when they visit the Colorado Rockies for a three-game series beginning Friday. Milwaukee trails Chicago by one game in the Central as it tries to carve into a 4 1/2-game deficit behind Colorado in the NL wild card race.

The Brewers finished a seven-game homestand with four straight victories and feel good about themselves as they embark on a nine-game road trip to Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. "The momentum is really good right now," Milwaukee outfielder Keon Broxton told reporters after the Brewers' 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. "The vibe in the clubhouse is awesome. I think everyone is getting back to playing baseball the way we knew how, and that's really fun for us, the fans, everyone. It's really relaxed in here right now, and we just have to continue on." The Rockies - tied for first with Arizona in the wild card standings - are 3-7 in their last 10 games and could be without major league RBI leader Nolan Arenado, who left Thursday's 10-4 loss to Atlanta after taking a ground ball off his left hand. Milwaukee's Matt Garza, who is winless in three starts at Coors Field, is 2-2 with a 5.55 ERA in five outings since the All-Star break and opposes German Marquez, who will try to become the third Colorado rookie pitcher to win 10 games this season.

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Matt Garza (6-6, 4.38 ERA) vs. Rockies RH German Marquez (9-5, 4.13)

Garza picked up the victory despite allowing four runs (three earned), five hits and five walks while striking out two in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. It was an improvement for the 33-year-old Californian, who yielded a career high-tying four homers among eight runs and eight hits in an 11-4 loss at Minnesota on Aug. 8. NL MVP candidate Charlie Blackmon is 3-for-13 with four RBIs and four strikeouts versus Garza, who is 2-5 with a 6.10 ERA in seven starts versus Colorado - 0-3, 8.82 in 16 1/3 innings at Coors Field.

Marquez permitted five runs and seven hits while walking one and striking out four over 4 1/3 innings of a 5-3 loss in Miami on Sunday. The 22-year-old Venezuelan, who has allowed 110 hits and recorded 107 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings this season, is 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three August starts after going 4-0 with a 3.51 mark in five July turns. Marquez made three starts among his six appearances in 2016, earning a no-decision in one of them after allowing two runs and six hits in six innings of Colorado's 6-4 loss to Milwaukee in the final game of the regular season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Broxton has three home runs in his last two games after belting two of the Brewers' five Wednesday.

2. Blackmon (.335 batting average, 76 RBIs) went 3-for-5 with his 28th home run of the season Thursday, raising his average at Coors Field to .394 compared to .285 on the road.

3. Milwaukee SS Orlando Arcia (.284) has missed the last two games with back spasms and is batting .340 in 47 August at-bats.

PREDICTION: Brewers 9, Rockies 8
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Milwaukee 63-59 W4 35-30 28-29 13-12 27-25 12-13 11-9
Colorado 67-54 L1 37-23 30-31 13-14 17-13 29-21 8-6
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/6/17 COL 2 MIL 1 .167 1 .606 .167 2 .652
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Milwaukee T. Shaw .357 5 1.295
Colorado M. Reynolds .467 7 1.596
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Milwaukee R. Braun 1 4 1
Colorado M. Reynolds 2 3 6
Pitching ERA Avg K
Milwaukee 3.50 .248 28
Colorado 4.37 .252 45
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Milwaukee T. Shaw .293 118 .922
Colorado C. Blackmon .335 164 1.016
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Milwaukee E. Thames 27 69 51
Colorado C. Blackmon 28 111 76
Pitching ERA Avg K
Milwaukee 4.15 .251 997
Colorado 4.63 .275 942