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Chicago at Milwaukee

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Chi. Cubs (24-32)0001020205100
Milwaukee (33-26) «12201010x7100

Brewers 7, Cubs 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- It only took Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost a few moments to remember a closer as dominant as Francisco Cordero has been this season.

"Rollie was pretty good in '81," Yost said of his former Brewers teammate, Rollie Fingers, who became the first reliever in major-league history to win the AL Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in the same season.

Cordero recorded the final four outs for his major-league leading 22nd save in 22 chances and Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Tony Graffanino each hit solo home runs to help the Brewers beat the Cubs 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Chicago lost for the first time in three games since manager Lou Piniella was suspended by the league for four games after arguing with umpire Mark Wegner on Saturday.

The Brewers led 5-0 after three innings until Chicago rallied late in the game.

"We didn't fold," said Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell, who is handling managerial duties while Piniella is suspended. "That's a good sign."

Cordero lowered his ERA to 0.37, and batters are hitting only .088 (7-for-79) against him. He's only given up one earned run in 24 2/3 innings.

"It feels great," Cordero said. "It's an unbelievable feeling. I don't think anybody can describe what it feels like. There's no word for it and it's not something you get over."

The Brewers closer entered the game with two outs and two on base in the eighth, his team leading 7-5 and Alfonso Soriano batting as the go-ahead run for the Cubs. Cordero struck out the Chicago leadoff hitter on four pitches, ending the Cubs threat.

"He's been as good as it gets," Yost said of Cordero.

Claudio Vargas (4-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits to win for the first time since May 4, a span of six starts.

Chicago starter Ted Lilly (4-4) gave up all three home runs. He pitched five innings, allowing six runs and eight hits.

"I gave up three home runs on three different pitches and none of them were really executed or located well," Lilly said.

The Brewers are 9-2 in games started by Vargas despite his lack of victories the past month. As he has done all season, the right-hander pitched out of trouble, holding the Cubs to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Vargas has held batters to a .161 average (10-for-62) with runners in scoring position this year.

"I try to focus a little bit more and make my pitches," Vargas said.

The home runs gave Milwaukee 77 this year, vaulting the Brewers past Cincinnati into the NL lead.

"We found a way to put some balls in the stands," Yost said.

The Brewers never trailed, taking the lead in the first on Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly, scoring J.J. Hardy from third.

In the second, Graffanino hit his second home run and Hart hit his third to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.

Fielder doubled and scored on Kevin Mench's double in the fourth. Damian Miller followed with a single, scoring Mench for a 5-0 Brewers lead.

Cliff Floyd's single scored Felix Pie in the fourth to make it 5-1. The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the inning, but Vargas got Cesar Izturis to hit an easy fly out to Hart in right field to end the inning.

Braun hit his third home run in the fifth to make it 6-1.

Floyd hit his third home run to bring the Cubs within 6-2 in the sixth. Michael Barrett followed with a single and Ryan Theriot hit a double to the center field wall, scoring Barrett to make it 6-3.

Braun's RBI single scored Hart to give Milwaukee a 7-3 lead in the seventh.

Chicago pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa's single off Derrick Turnbow scored two runs in the eighth to make it 7-5, prompting Yost to summon Cordero to face Soriano.

Notes

The Cubs went 2-5 with runners in scoring position against Milwaukee relievers and were 3-12 in the game. ... Brewers LF Geoff Jenkins said there were no lingering effects from being struck in the right ankle by a pitch Monday night. With a left-hander starting for the Cubs, he was not in the starting lineup. ... Soriano said his left hamstring has been bothering him for the past couple of weeks. It has not caused him to miss any games, though. ... Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to start Wednesday at Milwaukee, his first appearance since getting into a fight with Barrett on Friday. Piniella met with them Tuesday and said everything was fine between the players.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

C. Floyd
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5010032 .313
Felix Pie, CF5120001 .250
Derrek Lee, 1B4000122 .350
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4110102 .301
Cliff Floyd, RF5122012 .309
Michael Barrett, C3210102 .244
Ryan Theriot, 2B-SS3021100 .273
Cesar Izturis, SS3000024 .248
   a- Matt Murton, PH1000013 .264
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Ted Lilly, P2000000 .115
   b- Jacque Jones, PH1000001 .241
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark DeRosa, PH-2B1012000 .258
Totals37510549  
a-struck out for Izturis in the 8th
b-grounded out for Lilly in the 6th
c-singled for Ohman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (17, Vargas), Felix Pie (5, Vargas), Ryan Theriot (8, Vargas)
HR - Cliff Floyd (3, Vargas)
RBI - Cliff Floyd 2 (23), Ryan Theriot (19), Mark DeRosa 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa 2 (11)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (L,4-4) 5866123 3.99
Scott Eyre 1000020 7.45
Michael Wuertz 0.1111100 3.46
Will Ohman 0.2000020 4.91
Bob Howry 1100020 4.85
WP - Ted Lilly (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 89-55, Scott Eyre 13-9, Michael Wuertz 13-5, Will Ohman 8-8, Bob Howry 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 6-7, Scott Eyre 1-0, Michael Wuertz 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 24, Scott Eyre 3, Michael Wuertz 3, Will Ohman 2, Bob Howry 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF3211110 .298
J.J. Hardy, SS4110001 .294
Ryan Braun, 3B4132000 .311
Prince Fielder, 1B3111011 .294
Bill Hall, CF2000101 .260
    Carlos Villanueva, P1000011 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Kevin Mench, LF4111012 .282
Damian Miller, C4011000 .228
Tony Graffanino, 2B4121021 .208
Claudio Vargas, P2000000 .111
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2000021 .312
Totals33710728  
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (15, Lilly), Kevin Mench (10, Lilly)
HR - Corey Hart (3, Lilly), Ryan Braun (3, Lilly), Tony Graffanino (2, Lilly)
SF - Prince Fielder (3)
RBI - Corey Hart (13), Ryan Braun 2 (8), Prince Fielder (46), Kevin Mench (17), Damian Miller (5), Tony Graffanino (11)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (4), Kevin Mench (8), Damian Miller (4)
SB - Corey Hart (9, 2nd base off Wuertz/Barrett)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Claudio Vargas (W,4-1) 5.1733241 4.01
Carlos Villanueva (H,8) 1.2011120 3.08
Derrick Turnbow 0.2211110 4.62
Francisco Cordero (S,22) 1.1100020 0.36
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 94-59, Carlos Villanueva 25-15, Derrick Turnbow 17-9, Francisco Cordero 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 2-10, Carlos Villanueva 2-1
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 25, Carlos Villanueva 6, Derrick Turnbow 5, Francisco Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38535
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Sam Holbrook