The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers have leap-frogged one another in the National League Central standings after each of the first two contests of their three-game series. The visiting Cubs hope to swap places again after Wednesday's series finale.

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The Brewers reclaimed a half-game lead over Chicago atop the division standings with a 4-0 win Tuesday, snapping a seven-game skid against the Cubs. The win was just Milwaukee's second in 10 meetings this season, and it marked only the second time the Brewers scored more than two runs in the season series. The Cubs are trying to win their sixth consecutive series and avoid their first series loss on the road since a three-game sweep at St. Louis from May 4-6. Milwaukee hasn't dropped a series at home since losing two of three to visiting Pittsburgh that same weekend.

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TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Mike Montgomery (2-1, 3.56 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (5-1, 3.58)

Montgomery is making a strong case to stay in the rotation even when Yu Darvish returns from the disabled list. The 28-year-old has won two of his three starts, allowing two runs over 17 2/3 innings, and is coming off a win against Pittsburgh in which he gave up one run and seven hits across six frames. Montgomery hasn't fared well against the Brewers as he is 1-5 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 games (four starts) versus Milwaukee.

The Brewers are 11-3 when Chacin starts this season, and he hasn't taken a loss since April 4 against St. Louis. The 30-year-old benefited from strong run support last time out, earning the win despite allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 12-4 victory. Chacin is 2-4 with a 3.82 ERA in seven games (six starts) against the Cubs.

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WALK-OFFS

1. The Cubs failed to record an extra-base hit Tuesday, snapping a streak of 96 consecutive games with at least one - the club's longest streak since at least 1908.

2. Brewers OF Christian Yelich is 11-for-30 during a seven-game hitting streak.

3. Milwaukee 3B Travis Shaw was 2-for-27 against the Cubs this season before going 2-for-3 and driving in all four runs Tuesday.

PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Brewers 3