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CHC@MIL: Gallardo fans 10 Cubs in just six innings

Two slumping pitchers take the mound in Milwaukee on Sunday -- a mound that hasn't been too kind to arms, as Miller Park has been a bit of a band box recently.

Padres manager Bud Black has the solution for that.

"If you make good pitches, you'll get your outs," Black said. "You gotta keep the ball down, you gotta keep the ball in at their hands. There's no real secret to any sort of pitching success. It goes back to the old adage, high and tight, low and away, make good pitches and change speed."

In Sunday's rubber match between the Padres and the Brewers, Black sends right-hander Anthony Bass (2-5, 4.21 ERA) to the rubber.

After a very strong April, Bass has struggled recently to the tune of 15 earned runs in his last three starts. He gave up four against the Giants on Tuesday and picked up a no-decision as the Padres rallied once he was removed.

Opposing Bass will be Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who appeared to be finding a groove a couple weeks ago, but has allowed eight runs in his last 12 innings over two starts.

Gallardo (4-5, 4.50 ERA) insisted his stuff was good in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs. He struck out 10, but was done in by a pair of homers. Gallardo hadn't surrendered multiple home runs since he gave up four to the Cardinals on Opening Day.

"He had great stuff," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said after the game. "Ten strikeouts and five runs doesn't make sense."

Padres: Venable returns to lineup
• Center fielder Will Venable went 1-for-4 on Saturday, playing for the first time since straining his right oblique last Sunday.

"We gave him the allotted time needed to recover from the side injury," manager Bud Black said. "He feels good. He's confident where the side is. He's ready to go with no apprehension, so it's good to get Will back."

Venable is hitting .268 with four homers and 13 RBIs this season.

• Shortstop Everth Cabrera is hitting .357 with seven doubles, two home runs and five RBIs in his last 16 games.

Brewers: Ramirez playing through pain
• Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is playing with a left quadriceps strain, meaning he must pick and choose when to exert himself on the basepaths.

Ramirez suffered a slight tear in his quad on June 2 and he missed four starts.

"I wanted to play for that Cubs series [earlier in the week], but they wouldn't let me," Ramirez said. "That was smart. I can't be out for a month. We can't afford that right now."

Since returning, Ramirez has posted a pair of two-hit games.

• The Brewers are 26-0 this season when leading after seven innings, and they are 0-27 when trailing after seven. They have just one win in six games when they are tied entering the eighth.

Worth noting
• A victory on Sunday would mark San Diego's second series victory this season against Milwaukee. The two clubs will meet again to end the regular season on October 1-3.

• Gallardo's 10 strikeouts against Chicago marked the 16th double-digit strikeout game of his career and the first this season.

• The Brewers hold a 27-24 edge all-time on the Padres in games played in Milwaukee. Comments