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MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs are determined not to let Lyle Overbay beat them.

So, Damian Miller did it instead -- even though it took him a few tries Wednesday night.

Overbay was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs in the ninth, and Miller followed with a walk, giving the Milwaukee Brewers their sixth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Cubs.

Overbay is 19-for-37 (.514) during an 11-game hitting streak. The Cubs have walked him six times in the first two games of the series, four times intentionally, to face Miller instead.

The moves have not rattled the veteran catcher.

"They'd be stupid not to," Miller said. "The guy is as hot as they come."

Overbay was intentionally walked twice in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory Tuesday night, and Miller went 1-for-2 with a key RBI double while following him.

With runners in scoring position each time Wednesday night, Overbay was walked in his first three at-bats. Following Overbay again, Miller failed each time.

He grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded in the first, grounded into a double play in the fourth and lined out to second in the sixth.

But in the ninth, he worked a 3-2 count off Roberto Novoa (0-1), fouled off the sixth offering before taking the walk on an inside pitch.

"It was pretty close," Miller said. "I thought it was in, and I thought the umpire made the right call."

Bill Hall, who has three consecutive three-hit games, doubled with one out off Novoa. Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked and Carlos Lee flied out to right, with Hall moving to third and setting up the game-ending walks.

"You know, that kid (Novoa) had the best shot of getting those guys out," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "And we were saving Hawk (LaTroy Hawkins) in case we got the lead."

Derrick Turnbow (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth, stretching his scoreless streak to 10 innings. He has not given up a hit in that stretch, covering nine appearances.

"He's been lights-out for us," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

The victory moved Milwaukee into sole possession of second place in the NL Central. It is the latest the Brewers have been as high as second place since May 23, 2001, when they spent two days tied for second.

"It's all kind of coming together," Yost said.

Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead, its first of the game, on Brady Clark's solo homer in the seventh.

Chicago tied it in the eighth. Derrek Lee extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single off reliever Julio Santana, stole second and scored on Michael Barrett's single.

Each team loaded the bases in the first inning, but neither scored.

The Brewers left the bases loaded again in the sixth. Chicago stranded runners on first and second in the seventh, and Milwaukee left runners on second and third in the eighth.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Todd Hollandsworth's RBI single, scoring Aramis Ramirez.

The Brewers tied it in the bottom of the inning when Carlos Lee doubled, moved to third during a double play and scored on a wild pitch from Ryan Dempster.

The Cubs made it 2-1 in the sixth on Jeromy Burnitz's single, scoring Ramirez.

Milwaukee tied it at 2 in the bottom of the inning when Hall singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Carlos Lee's second double of the game.

Dempster pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, six hits and five walks while striking out six for Chicago.

Victor Santos also went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs -- one earned -- and six hits, walking three while striking out six.

Notes

Cubs RHP Joe Borowski pitched one inning Tuesday night for Triple-A Iowa in a rehab outing. Baker said Borowski, out with a fractured ulna, threw 11 pitches, and will throw again on Thursday. ... The Brewers' victories Sunday and Tuesday marked the first time since 1995, when Milwaukee was in the AL, that the club had won its first two games in May. They beat Baltimore on May 1 and May 3, 1995. ... Brewers pitchers are batting .056 (3-for-54) after Wednesday night's game. ... Carlos Lee has four doubles in the first two games of the series.

 
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B. Hall
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
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C. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Chicago Cubs
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4010120 .264
Corey Patterson, CF4010110 .274
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4220003 .240
Derrek Lee, 1B3110102 .406
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4011005 .300
Michael Barrett, C4011011 .241
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4011012 .237
Neifi Perez, SS4000003 .333
Ryan Dempster, P3000010 .077
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Macias, PH1000010 .167
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
Totals353833716 
a-struck out for Wuertz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (7, Santos), Aramis Ramirez (8, Santos)
RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (18), Michael Barrett (10), Todd Hollandsworth (7)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Hollandsworth (1)
SB - Derrek Lee (5, 2nd base off Phelps/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Dempster-Barrett-Lee, Perez-Hairston-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster 6.2633561 5.35
Will Ohman 0.1200010 0.00
Michael Wuertz 1000110 4.05
Roberto Novoa (L,0-1) 0.2111300 6.23
IBB - Overbay by Ryan Dempster, Magruder by Michael Wuertz, Jenkins by Roberto Novoa, by Overbay
WP - Ryan Dempster (1), Michael Wuertz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 107-0, Will Ohman 6-0, Michael Wuertz 15-0, Roberto Novoa 22-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 9-3, Michael Wuertz 2-0, Roberto Novoa 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 29, Will Ohman 3, Michael Wuertz 4, Roberto Novoa 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5121000 .321
Bill Hall, 2B-SS5230020 .347
Geoff Jenkins, RF3010200 .250
Carlos Lee, LF5121013 .234
Lyle Overbay, 1B1010400 .367
Damian Miller, C3001106 .304
Russell Branyan, 3B2000120 .283
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Phelps, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Magruder, PH0000100 .208
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
J.J. Hardy, SS3000013 .134
   b- Junior Spivey, PH-2B1000012 .225
Victor Santos, P2000010 .000
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B2000002 .184
Totals324939816 
a-was walked intentionally for Phelps in the 8th
b-struck out for Hardy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (4, Novoa), Carlos Lee 2 (9, Dempster, Dempster)
HR - Brady Clark (4, Dempster)
SH - Damian Miller (1)
RBI - Brady Clark (14), Carlos Lee (17), Damian Miller (8)
2-OUT RBI - Damian Miller (1)
SB - Carlos Lee (2, 3rd base off Dempster/Barrett)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Hardy
E - Bill Hall (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Victor Santos 6.2621360 2.88
Julio Santana 0.1111000 6.75
Tommy Phelps (BS,1) 1100000 5.00
Derrick Turnbow (W,2-1) 1000010 1.35
IBB - Lee by Victor Santos
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 101-0, Julio Santana 8-0, Tommy Phelps 19-0, Derrick Turnbow 11-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 6-8
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 29, Julio Santana 2, Tommy Phelps 4, Derrick Turnbow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28392
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Andy Fletcher