Milwaukee at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: C. Coleman (3-8) L: C. Narveson (10-8)
HR: MIL - J. Hairston (5),C. McGehee (13)   CHC - G. Soto (16),G. Soto (17)

Cubs 5, Brewers 2 wire reports

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Mike Quade thinks the Milwaukee Brewers have put together a terrific season. He just wants them to find another spot for their big party.

Geovany Soto hit a pair of two-run homers and a run-scoring single, leading Chicago to a 5-2 victory against the Brewers on Monday night.

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Milwaukee's loss and St. Louis' victory against Philadelphia kept the Brewers' magic number for clinching the NL Central at four. They are looking for their first division title in 29 years.

While praising Milwaukee's strong season, Quade said, "I would like to see them not finish it here. Tonight was a good start."

Now, the earliest the Brewers can clinch is Wednesday, which will be the end of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.

"You're still just trying to take it game by game," Brewers starter Chris Narveson said. "Magic numbers don't mean anything until you clinch."

With Milwaukee's loss, the NL East champion Phillies clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

"It's just a game," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "We got beat today. Hopefully we can come tomorrow and get a win."

The Cubs snapped a six-game losing streak to the Brewers.

Soto connected against Narveson (10-8) in the third and Marco Estrada in the sixth. He also singled in Marlon Byrd in the fourth.

Soto has three career multihomer games, each coming against the Brewers.

"I heard about that, but I think it's maybe because we play against them so much," he said. "I got a lot of opportunities against the division. Like I said, I was just trying to be consistent and put together good at-bats."

Cubs starter Casey Coleman (3-8) had a career-high eight strikeouts in six inning, yielding one run and two hits. The right-hander was 0-5 with a 7.98 ERA in his previous 10 appearances.

"It's been a learning year for me, have a good outing and I would get too comfortable sometimes and the next outing three innings and you're out of the game," Coleman said, "so tonight I was taking it inning by inning, out by out, and they played good defense behind me and that's the way it's got to be."

Jeff Samardzija and Sean Marshall combined for two scoreless innings before the Cubs went to closer Carlos Marmol for the ninth.

Marmol provided some drama by giving up a solo home run to Casey McGehee and allowing back-to-back singles to Mark Kotsay and Lucroy. With runners on first and second and one out, Marmol struck out Taylor Green and Corey Hart to end the game.

Narveson was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. He allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits.

Despite sweeping Cincinnati over the weekend, the Brewers have lost seven of their past 12 games.

Jerry Hairston Jr. went deep in the third for his first home run since joining the Brewers on July 30.

The Cubs responded in the bottom half. Carlos Pena led off with a walk and Soto cleared the bleachers in left field for his 16th home run.

It was Narveson's first start since allowing six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings during a 7-2 loss to Philadelphia on Sept. 8.


Cubs RHP Randy Wells is Tuesday's scheduled starter. He is 5-0 with a 3.57 ERA in his past nine starts. ... RHP Shaun Marcum is scheduled to start for the Brewers on Tuesday. In his past two starts, Marcum allowed 10 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. ... The Cubs called up C Steve Clevenger and RHP Rafael Dolis from Double-A Tennessee. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro has reached base in 32 consecutive games.

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Players of the Game

G. Soto
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2

C. McGehee
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Corey Hart, RF5010033 .284
Nyjer Morgan, CF3000001 .304
Ryan Braun, LF4000013 .333
Prince Fielder, 1B4010011 .296
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000120 .270
Casey McGehee, 3B3111112 .229
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS3111011 .261
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1010000 .270
Jonathan Lucroy, C2010210 .263
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   b- Logan Schafer, PH1000000 .333
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .250
   c- George Kottaras, PH1000001 .248
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
   d- Taylor Green, PH1000012 .267
a-singled for Hairston in the 9th
b-flied out for Narveson in the 5th
c-grounded into a double play for M. Estrada in the 7th
d-struck out for Dillard in the 9th
2B - Prince Fielder (34, Coleman)
HR - Casey McGehee (13, Marmol), Jerry Hairston Jr. (5, Coleman)
SH - Chris Narveson (7)
RBI - Casey McGehee (67), Jerry Hairston Jr. (29)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Weeks-Hairston-Fielder
E - Chris Narveson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Narveson (L,10-8) 4432311 4.40
Marco Estrada 2122141 4.22
Tim Dillard 2200010 4.08
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 75-46, Marco Estrada 32-21, Tim Dillard 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 5-6, Tim Dillard 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 19, Marco Estrada 8, Tim Dillard 6
Chicago Cubs
Starlin Castro, SS4010002 .305
Darwin Barney, 2B3010110 .276
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010001 .308
Jeff Baker, RF3000012 .272
    Reed Johnson, RF1000000 .312
Alfonso Soriano, LF3110100 .243
    Tony Campana, PR-LF0000000 .263
Marlon Byrd, CF4100011 .283
Carlos Pena, 1B1100211 .231
Geovany Soto, C3235000 .224
Casey Coleman, P1000011 .130
   a- Lou Montanez, PH1000010 .235
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Coleman in the 6th
HR - Geovany Soto 2 (17, Narveson, M. Estrada)
SH - Casey Coleman (4)
RBI - Geovany Soto 5 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Geovany Soto 2 (20)
CS - Starlin Castro (8, 2nd base by Dillard/Lucroy), Tony Campana (2, 2nd base by Dillard/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Samardzija-Barney-Castro-Pena
Chicago Cubs
Casey Coleman (W,3-8) 6211381 6.64
Jeff Samardzija 1000100 3.01
Sean Marshall 1100010 2.34
Carlos Marmol 1311021 3.91
HBP - Morgan (by Casey Coleman)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Coleman 92-61, Jeff Samardzija 11-4, Sean Marshall 13-10, Carlos Marmol 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Coleman 6-4, Jeff Samardzija 2-0, Carlos Marmol 1-0
Batters Faced - Casey Coleman 24, Jeff Samardzija 3, Sean Marshall 4, Carlos Marmol 6
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Attendance - 35076
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna