Bumgarner shoots for fifth straight win in middle tilt with Brewers

Madison Bumgarner eyes his fifth straight win this afternoon when the San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park.

After getting hit hard in a loss to Arizona to start his season, Bumgarner has reeled off four straight wins, surrendering two runs just once in that span, while allowing one in the other three.

Bumgarner was again brilliant against San Diego on Sunday, as he gave up a run and six hit sin 7 2/3 innings to run his record to 4-1 to go along with a 2.53 ERA.

"He's a hard worker, a tireless worker," catcher Buster Posey said. "He's constantly looking for ways to get better. I think that's what's so exciting about him."

He's faced the Brewers three times and is 2-1 with a 1.27 ERA in those contests.

Milwaukee will counter with veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who is 2-2 with a 6.84 ERA. Wolf won his second straight start on Monday in San Diego, as he allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings. He also walked three and has issued 12 free passes in 26 1/3 innings this season.

Wolf is 9-6 lifetime against the Giants with a 2.85 ERA in 20 starts.

The Brewers drew first blood in this series on Friday, as Aramis Ramirez ripped a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to help lift Milwaukee to a 6-4 win.

Jonathan Lucroy clubbed a two-run single and Travis Ishikawa added an RBI on a sacrifice bunt for the Brewers, who snapped a brief two-game skid.

"He had a pretty good arm out there he had to face and he put a good swing on it and hit the ball hard somewhere," Lucroy said about Ramirez.

Kameron Loe (2-0) got the final two outs in the sixth inning in relief of starter Zack Greinke to earn the win, and John Axford tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his sixth save of the season.

Melky Cabrera ripped an RBI triple, while Posey and Joaquin Arias added RBIs for the Giants, who have dropped four in a row.

Clay Hensley (1-3) was saddled with the loss after giving up Ramirez's hit in the seventh. Giants starter Tim Lincecum gave up three runs in the first inning, but settled down after that, pitching four scoreless innings.

"I'm happy with the way I was able to come out of it. But giving up three at the beginning of the game in the first inning, that's not the way to put your team in a position to win," said Lincecum.

On the injury front, Milwaukee may once again be without reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun, who missed Friday's contest with a sore Achilles.

"It's still just tight in the Achilles, and we'll try to give it another day," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Milwaukee split its six meetings with the Giants last season, but has lost three of its last five in San Francisco.