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Milwaukee Brewers (45-41) at Chicago Cubs (47-40), 8:05 p.m.

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(Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs have a lot of ground to make up in the NL

Central as they head into the second half of the season. The Cubs are 47-40,

which is good enough for second place in the division, seven games behind the

first-place St. Louis Cardinals.

Mark Prior will be on the mound tonight for the Cubs as they start a four-game

series versus the pesky Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

The Brewers swept a three-game series from the Cubs last week at Miller Park,

outscoring Dusty Baker's squad 9-2. Milwaukee also won six of nine meetings

last season at Wrigley Field.

Prior took the loss last Tuesday, allowing four hits and four runs in four

innings. Before the defeat the Cubs had won his last four starts. The 23-year-

old righthander is 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six lifetime games versus the

Brewers.

Doug Davis will be on the mound tonight for Milwaukee. The 28-year-old lefty

beat the Cubs 4-0 in his last start on July 7, as he limited Chicago's offense

to four hits and two walks in eight innings. Davis struck out a career-high

nine batters and worked three 1-2-3 innings. He is 5-1 over his last six

starts

and for his career is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA versus the Cubs.

On Sunday night, Kerry Wood pitched five solid innings in his first start

since

May 11 and Sammy Sosa drove in five runs, as Chicago beat St. Louis, 8-4, in

the finale of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Wood (4-3), who was activated

from the 15-day disabled prior to the game, had been out with a strained right

triceps

Sosa was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and a two-run single for the Cubs, who

snapped a five-game game skid. Michael Barrett had a solo home run and ended

with two RBI in the win.

The Brewers go into the second half of the season losers in three of their

last

four games. The Brewers are 2 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the wild card

spot.

On Sunday, Milwaukee lost 9-6 at home to the Cincinnati Reds in a see-saw

battle at Miller Park. All-Star closer Danny Kolb (0-1) took the loss after

giving up the two homers in the ninth, his first two extra-base hits against

him on the year. He was charged with three runs on four hits in just one-third

of an inning.

Lyle Overbay belted a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game up at

6-6 for Milwaukee, which squandered an early 5-0 lead. Overbay also notched

his

37th double and finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

Overbay's 10th homer of the year was only Milwaukee's second hit since the

first inning.

The Cubs have won four in a row at home and are 25-16 at home.

The Brewers, who start an 11-game road trip tonight, are 20-21 outside Miller

Park this season. Milwaukee has lost its last four on the road.

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