The Brewers are used to having their way with the Pirates.
Yes, Andrew McCutchen's walk-off homer on Tuesday powered Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win in 12 innings, but such happy times for the Bucs are rare in these matchups.
Since 2007, Milwaukee is 72-26 against Pittsburgh. The two teams will play the third game of this week's four-game set on Wednesday with Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo scheduled to oppose Pirates southpaw Wandy Rodriguez in a rematch from April 29.
"They have a confidence level that's significant no matter how the game rolls," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "At the end of the day, we all try to conjure up certain recipes or mystiques -- this, that and the other thing -- but they play better. They pitch better, they hit better."
Brewers players might have been happy to look at the schedule and see four games with Pittsburgh slated for this week. The club had been struggling lately, losing nine of 10 before rolling into PNC Park. Since 2008, the Brew Crew is 24-13 in that stadium, including Tuesday's defeat.
"This game is not a lot of fun when you're not winning," Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun said. "Hopefully we will find a way to turn it around here soon. We really haven't done many things well -- offensively, defensively, fundamentally, there's a lot of things we need to do better. We need to play more consistent to win some more games."
Milwaukee is 4-2 against the Pirates this season.
Brewers: Gallardo trying to beat Bucs again
Gallardo is winless in each of his last two outings. He hasn't earned a victory since beating the Pirates at home last month. In that outing, the righty allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked two. Oh, and he homered off Rodriguez.
"Glad he went the length that he did," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He struggled with his command early, then he got the rhythm and started throwing strikes, and finished, I thought, outstanding."
This year, Gallardo is 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA. When facing the Pirates, Gallardo is 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA.
Pirates: Rodriguez looking for redemption
Rodriguez's worst start of 2013 came in that Milwaukee outing from two weeks ago. The lefty was tagged for seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked four batters and gave up homers to Jean Segura, Norichika Aoki and Gallardo.
"There wasn't a lot of pitching being done off the mound," Hurdle said afterward. "The fastball command wasn't what he wanted. The breaking ball didn't come into play until way too late. And the changeup wasn't a factor. So you're going out there without your three normal weapons."
On the season, Rodriguez is 3-2 with a 3.62 ERA. Pitching at PNC Park, Rodriguez owns a 1.37 ERA and opponents are hitting .138 off him.
• Pittsburgh (22-17, third place) owns a five-game edge over Milwaukee (16-21, fourth place) in the National League Central.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.