The right-hander looks to avoid a career-high fourth consecutive home loss and help the Brewers hand the Cubs a 10th straight defeat at Miller Park on Wednesday night.
Gallardo (6-6, 4.09 ERA) has not allowed an earned run in 21 innings while giving up 12 hits to go 2-0 in his last three starts - all on the road. He was charged with three unearned runs and five hits in seven innings of a 7-4, 10-inning loss at Houston on Thursday.
"I know for a fact the guys behind me don't want to make errors," he said. "They want to get every out they can. That is just how it is. As a pitcher, you have to move past it, whether it's an error or a misplayed ball. You have to focus on the next guy."
Gallardo's focus has generally been very good when facing the Cubs (31-44), going 7-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 14 starts against them. Chicago has won only once in seven matchups with Gallardo at Miller Park as he's gone 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA.
However, the Brewers have lost his past four starts there and he's lost the last three while posting a 6.75 ERA. It's his longest home losing streak since dropping three in a row in 2009.
Gallardo, though, hasn't pitched at Miller Park in three weeks, and the Brewers (32-43) have won six of seven at home after a 9-3 victory over Chicago on Tuesday. Rickie Weeks hit two homers and had four RBIs as Milwaukee used a five-run fifth inning to erase a two-run deficit.
Weeks is batting .439 with five homers and nine RBIs in his last 14 games to raise his average from .182 to .230.
"It feels good," he said. "It's just one of those things where you keep working on things, and just go out there and play ball. There's no satisfaction. There's no big answer. Just go out there and play ball like I've been doing."
Teammate Jean Segura , batting .334, collected his NL-leading 100th hit Tuesday with an RBI double. He's hitting .368 in five games against the Cubs in 2013.
Fellow shortstop Starlin Castro should be back in Chicago's lineup after his NL-leading streak of 269 consecutive games played ended Tuesday. He's batting .129 with no homers and three RBIs in his last 23 games.
Castro has hit .156 and Darwin Barney .107 during the Cubs' nine-game losing streak at Milwaukee. They've been outscored 52-22 in that span and have dropped 19 of 21 there.
"We lost nine straight?" said Anthony Rizzo , batting .308 in seven career games at Miller Park. "(I had) no idea. I don't know if anyone in this clubhouse knows that."
Scheduled starter Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39) dropped to 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA this season against NL Central opponents after he allowed five runs and four walks in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-1 loss at St. Louis on Thursday.
The right-hander yielded three unearned runs and three hits in five innings of a 4-2 loss at Milwaukee on April 21.
Nate Schierholtz is 6 for 12 with two homers and six RBIs in the last three games for the Cubs, who have dropped six of nine.
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|June 14, 2013||David DeJesus||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right shoulder|
|June 12, 2013||Zach Putnam||15-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|June 11, 2013||Zach Putnam||Day-to-Day||Left game - Undisclosed injury|
|May 27, 2013||Kyuji Fujikawa||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 27, 2013||Rafael Dolis||15-Day DL||Strained right forearm|
|June 24, 2013||Alfredo Figaro||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|June 23, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder sprain|
|June 10, 2013||Ryan Braun||15-Day DL||Right thumb contusion|
|June 04, 2013||Marco Estrada||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|May 25, 2013||Jim Henderson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 25, 2013||Jim Henderson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- This was one narrow escape for Kevin Gregg and the Chicago Cubs .
Gregg retired pinch hitter Scooter Gennett on a fly ball to the wall with a runner on, preserving the Cubs' 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
Scott Feldman pitched six solid innings and Anthony Rizzo had a key two-run single for Chicago, which is tied with Milwaukee for last place in the NL Central. Luis Valbuena , Starlin Castro and Brian Bogusevic had two hits apiece.
Feldman (7-6) gave up three runs and six hits in his first victory this season against an NL Central opponent. He retired 11 of his last 14 batters.
"He'll manage an inning when things start to go a little haywire," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He ends up giving up one run a lot of times instead of a crooked number. He manages the inning as well as anybody on this team."
But Feldman almost received a no-decision when Gregg struggled in the ninth. Juan Francisco started the inning with a homer and Rickie Weeks followed with a double. Weeks advanced to third on Logan Schafer 's sacrifice and then was thrown at home when he tried to score on Yuniesky Betancourt 's bouncer to third baseman Valbuena.
"Valbuena made that great stop and Welington (Castillo) hung onto it with Rickie Weeks (charging at him)," Feldman said. "You know that is like a linebacker coming at you there and he was able to hold onto the ball."
Gennett then hit a drive that Nate Schierholtz hauled in at the wall in right.
"The bottom line is if we win by one, great," said Gregg, who earned his 12th save in 12 chances. "You don't want to give up any runs but you want to win, that is the first and foremost thing as you go out there."
Feldman bounced back from a loss in his previous start at St. Louis. The 6-foot-7 right-hander could be an attractive target for a contender looking for pitching help ahead of next month's non-waiver trade deadline.
"There is nothing I can do about it," Feldman said. "I would love to stay on this team. I love the guys here. We are headed in the right direction. It is kind of out my control at this point."
Castro also scored a run in his return to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday's game, snapping his streak of 269 consecutive games played. Castro has been battling a terrible June slump, hitting .146 this month with no home runs and three RBIs.
Ryan Sweeney homered in the third and Valbuena scored on Rizzo's single in the fourth that was set up by an error on second baseman Weeks.
"That was huge." Sveum said. "We had numerous chances to break that game wide open and luckily we got one hit out of all that stuff to separate us a little bit."
Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo (6-7) struggled with his command and was charged with five runs, three earned, and eight hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out five.
"Tough outing for him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "His command was just off. He made some good pitches, but he didn't have the consistency. Usually even when he gets high pitch counts and he's a little off on his command, he still keeps us in the ballgame better than he did tonight. But we also didn't play very good behind him."
Gallardo came into the game with a 21-inning streak of not allowing an earned run. After escaping a first-inning jam, his streak was snapped when he gave up two runs in the second.
"The ball was up," Gallardo said. "I was leaving it up in the zone and that's what led to the big hits they got. I felt good but that was the main thing, leaving the ball up in the zone."
Brewers slugger Aramis Ramirez got his 2,000th career hit with a solo home run in the second inning. Ramirez, who ranks 15th in hits among active players, added an RBI single in the sixth inning.
NOTES: The Brewers optioned Gennett to Triple-A Nashville after the game and selected the contract of first baseman Sean Halton from their top minor league club. ... Brewers OF Carlos Gomez missed his second straight game with a left shoulder sprain. Gomez was injured Sunday when he crashed into the outfield wall while making a diving catch. ... Bogusevic made his Cubs debut after his contract was selected Tuesday from Triple-A Iowa after reliever Carlos Marmol was designated for assignment. ... Weeks extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fourth. ... The Cubs snapped a nine-game losing streak at Miller Park.