The Milwaukee Brewers return to Miller Park riding their longest winning streak of the season.
Given the Brewers' history at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, there's a good chance that run will continue.
Milwaukee goes for a fifth straight victory Friday night when these NL Central rivals begin their season series.
Back from a 5-2 trip, the Brewers (23-28) open a nine-game homestand with the first of 15 games against the Pirates (25-25) in 2012.
Milwaukee won 12 of 15 matchups a year ago, including eight of nine at Miller Park.
The Brewers have won 43 of 49 at home in this series, outscoring Pittsburgh by more than 2.6 runs per game during this stretch.
"We're going to a place where, historically, we have not played well," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told the team's official website. "So that'll be a great challenge."
Milwaukee's last 5-0 stretch was a six-game run that started with a three-game home sweep of Pittsburgh from Aug. 12-14.
The Pirates, though, have won f...