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STL@MIL: Lohse strikes out four over six solid frames

The Angels have won three series in a row and seven of eight games so far on their road trip, and Sunday, they look to sweep the Brewers at Miller Park behind C.J. Wilson, who will oppose Kyle Lohse.

While the Angels' offense has been inconsistent this season, Wilson knows how potent it can be.

"Our offense is awesome," Wilson, who was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in August, said after his last start. "We've had some games where we get pitched really tough, but we score. We score runs. We have a lot of guys that are hungry, that really want to do some damage these last couple weeks of the season."

The Brewers are 9-2 in Lohse's last 11 starts, but the right-hander is looking to get back on track.

Milwaukee won the last time Lohse took the mound, but it was not one of the pitcher's better games. The right-hander threw 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday and allowed five earned runs on 13 hits.

"I'm making my pitches, they're just finding holes, and you can't do much about it," Lohse said after the start. "You have to make more pitches."

Lohse is 6-2 with a 3.07 ERA in that stretch of 11 starts.

Angels: Narron expects Hamilton to rebound
Shoulder pain and migraines have kept Josh Hamilton from starting the first two games of the Brewers series, although he did come off the bench to knock a crucial two-out double in the Angels' 6-5 win on Saturday. So, Brewers hitting coach Johnny Narron -- Hamilton's former accountability partner -- hasn't had much of a chance to watch the slugger in person, but he nevertheless believes his friend will return to All-Star form.

"It would surprise me if he doesn't go back to being Josh Hamilton," said Narron. "I fully expect him to go back to Josh Hamilton next year."

Hamilton has had hot streaks throughout the season but has lacked consistency. Narron believes that's not far off.

"He's always hit, and he's going to hit," Narron said. "There's going to be bumps in the road sometimes. I think he's going to work through it and be better for it."

Brewers: Minimal changes expected when rosters expand
Active rosters expand from 25 to 40 on Sunday, but the Brewers are not planning on promoting a bunch of prospects.

However, Donovan Hand, a right-handed reliever, is likely to be called up. Milwaukee has also debated bringing up right-hander Jimmy Nelson.

As far as position players are concerned, manager Ron Roenicke doesn't believe the team needs any more at this point.

"I'm having a hard time playing [backup catcher Martin Maldonado] enough," Roenicke said. "Maldy, I know he's had a rough year offensively this year, and I'm trying to play him, and I can't get him enough at-bats to get him going."

Worth noting
• Lohse is 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA at home this season.

• Yuniesky Betancourt and Carlos Gomez are the only Brewers to have faced Wilson. Gomez has just three at-bats against the lefty, while Betancourt is 5-for-18 (.278).

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