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CHICAGO -- It appeared Darwin Barney was going to be out at home.
Instead, he hit the plate, eluded a tag by backup catcher Jonathan Lucroy and scored the game's only run in the eighth inning in the Chicago Cubs' 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
"We needed an unbelievable slide from him," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He got a great jump, great slide."
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"He made a good slide," Lucroy said. "A little hook slide around me. He just got his hand in there."
The victory snapped the Cubs' three-game skid in the start of a tough stretch that includes the Brewers series, three weekend games with the Yankees and a cross-town series with the White Sox next week.
Brewers reliever Kameron Loe (2-6) pitched one inning in the loss.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster had a no-decision in his 500th career game. He worked seven scoreless innings, gave up four hits while striking out seven and walking just one.
Randy Wolf was nearly as effective for the Brewers. He allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings, struck out seven and walked none.
Milwaukee had an early chance to score in the fourth inning. With Casey McGehee on first, Corey Hart send a drive to deep center in the fourth that on another day would have been a two-run homer. But increasingly stiff breezes from the North and Northeast helped keep the ball in the park.
In the bottom of inning, the Cubs started to tag Wolf as Ramirez and Lou Montanez both sent deep flies to left that were caught.
Leading off the fifth, Betancourt took a 1-2 pitch from Dempster and doubled off the left-field wall. He advanced to third on catcher Wil Nieves' bunt but was caught in a rundown between third and home after an unsuccessful bunt attempt by Wolf.
Wolf then doubled down the right-field line on the next pitch, but was stranded when Rickie Weeks ended the inning with a grounder to first.
Dempster was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one out, but left both stranded.
"That's one of the toughest (decisions) to pinch hit for Demp, he's throwing so well," Quade said. "You take your shot to get him his win there, but we didn't do it."
The 34-year-old Dempster remained unbeaten in his last nine starts against Milwaukee. He's 7-0 dating to July 2009.
|Ryan Dempster pitches seven solid innings vs. the Brewers, allowing four hits and striking out seven. (Getty Images)|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.277|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.254|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||2||0||.303|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.225|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Wil Nieves, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.140|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Wolf, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.154|
|b- Jonathan Lucroy, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|a-grounded out for Nieves in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Wolf in the 8th|
|2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (11, Dempster), Randy Wolf (3, Dempster)|
|SB - Ryan Braun (15, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto)|
|CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (2, Home by Dempster/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Kameron Loe (L,2-6)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||5.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 98-68, Kameron Loe 18-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 5-9, Kameron Loe 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 27, Kameron Loe 6|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.294|
|Jeff Baker, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.367|
|a- Carlos Pena, PH-1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.278|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.218|
|Luis Montanez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.296|
|DJ LeMahieu, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.167|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Tony Campana, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.233|
|Ryan Dempster, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.077|
|b- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Baker in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Dempster in the 7th|
|2B - Starlin Castro (17, Wolf), Carlos Pena (5, Loe)|
|RBI - Aramis Ramirez (27)|
|SB - Starlin Castro (7, 2nd base off Wolf/Nieves)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Ramirez-Barney-LeMahieu|
|E - Starlin Castro (12, Throwing)|
|Jeff Samardzija (W,4-2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.17|
|Carlos Marmol (S,13)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.00|
|IBB - Fielder by Ryan Dempster|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 109-68, Jeff Samardzija 14-9, Carlos Marmol 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 7-6, Jeff Samardzija 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 25, Jeff Samardzija 3, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Attendance - 39070|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|