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Jimmy Nelson (11-6, 3.59 ERA) will get the start for the Brewers, while the Cubs turn to John Lackey (11-10, 4.74).

He is the first Milwaukee player to hit 300 home runs, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They stand 4.5 games behind the division-leading Cubs and 2.5 games behind Colorado for a wildcard spot after the failure in Cincinnati.

In the grand scheme of things, the change wasn't that big a deal for the Brewers. He was spectacular in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings with three hits allowed along with 11 strikeouts and three walks in a 1-0 home win over the Nationals.

The Cubs' victory over the Pirates lowered their magic number to 19 over the pesky Brewers, but their Central Division number only dropped to 20, as the St. Louis Cardinals have jumped back into second place in the division, one half game ahead of Milwaukee. The 28-year-old retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced and tied his career high in strikeouts while registering his 17th quality start of the season.

Nelson singled off the left-field wall in the fifth inning and hurt his shoulder diving back to first after rounding the base. "It was just a weird feeling, just a weird kind of loose feeling so it's just something where they didn't want to push it at that point". Josh Hader came on to start the sixth for Milwaukee. Corey Knebel racked up his 33rd save.

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The reason? With a night game scheduled Thursday in Pittsburgh, manager Joe Maddon & Co. were concerned about a lack of sleep while making their way back home and the quick turnaround.

"If we had a chance to change it, yeah, I think we would have", he said.

"I guess if you have the right to change game times, then you're going to use it to your advantage". Chicago has won nine of his last 10 starts.

In spite of concerns the night game would affect the neighborhood businesses, nearby bars and restaurants seemingly were doing brisk business before the Cubs 2-0 loss to the Brewers, and Wrigleyville still was standing afterward. He will likely play some simulated games when he's ready, before being activated from the disabled list.

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