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Hart lifts Brewers over Cubs in 13th

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MILWAUKEE -- In a five-hour game filled with clutch plays, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke couldn't recall everything Corey Hart did.

"He looked good," Roenicke said. "A lot of good at-bats. I can't remember all of them."

Except for the last one, of course.

Hart hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Hart sent Lendy Castillo's first pitch back up the middle to end the game after 5 hours, 4 minutes. Castillo (0-1) plunked Rickie Weeks on the left hand and Ryan Braun in the elbow and back before Aramis Ramirez hit a flare single to right to bring Hart to the plate.

"Unfortunately, when Lendy came out, he hit a couple guys to start the inning," Chicago manager Dale Sveum said. "It wasn't in our favor to start with in that inning when he did that."

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Weeks went for an X-ray on the hand and wrist after the game.

"He got hit pretty good," Roenicke said.

Hart also hit a two-run homer in the ninth to tie it at 7. Vinnie Chulk (1-0) pitched the final two innings for his first victory since Aug. 19, 2007, for San Francisco against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It feels good," Chulk said. "It's nice to go out there and have the confidence to go out there and get stuff done."

The wild game included the end of John Axford's run of 49 consecutive saves for the Brewers, the fourth-longest streak in major league history.

Axford's wife, Nicole, went into labor Friday night with the couple's second child, so the Brewers closer had left Miller Park and was not available after the game. He did leave a handwritten note for the media on his chair at his locker that he signed: "Love, Ax."

"I put my wife into contractions with my performance tonight," he wrote. "The luck I've had in the past didn't show up tonight. All I can do is begin another streak and keep my head up."

There were 14 walks by Cubs pitchers, none intentional.

"There was a lot going on," Roenicke said. "A lot of really good things, quite a few not-so-good things on both sides. It was an interesting ballgame. I didn't know what was going to happen."

Milwaukee ran out of position players and had to use starter Zack Greinke as a pinch hitter in the 11th with the potential winning run at second. The right-hander hit into an inning-ending double play.

"It was ugly a little bit," Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy said of the game.

David DeJesus had a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Lucroy hit a three-run double as the Brewers responded with four runs in the bottom half.

Milwaukee led 5-4 before Chicago got to Axford for three runs in the ninth. DeJesus hit a tying triple with one out, driving in Ian Stewart and stopping Axford's streak. DeJesus then scored on a wild pitch that struck out Starlin Castro, but bounced a couple feet in front of home plate, off catcher Lucroy and went back into fair territory.

Alfonso Soriano added an RBI single to give the Cubs a 7-5 lead.

Sveum went to Rafael Dolis to try to close it out, but the rookie walked Ramirez before Hart hit a drive to left on a full-count pitch.

DeJesus' first career pinch-hit homer gave the Cubs the lead in the seventh, and Chicago's bullpen gave it right back.

Carlos Marmol walked Braun and allowed an RBI double to Ramirez. He then had a 1-2 count on Hart when he had to leave the game due to a strained right hamstring.

Marmol was to return to Chicago for an MRI, and Sveum said the reliever might have to go on the disabled list.

Michael Bowden then loaded the bases, and Lucroy's hit gave Milwaukee the lead again.

Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf pitched six scoreless innings, giving up six hits. He struck out five and walked three.

Chicago starter Matt Garza pitched five innings, giving up one run and three hits. He walked five and struck out three. Garza was pitching on 11 days' rest after missing his last start due to flulike symptoms.

Notes

  • DeJesus' first career grand slam was on June 15, 2008, against Arizona when he played for Kansas City.
  • It was the Cubs' first pinch-hit grand slam since Mike Fontenot on May 7, 2010, at Cincinnati.
  • Castro has a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Axford's streak only counted regular-season games. He did blow a save in Game 5 of the NL division series against Arizona last year.
  • The record for consecutive saves is 84 by Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers from Aug. 28, 2002, to July 3, 2004. Tom Gordon is second with 54 games and Jose Valverde is third with 50 games.
 
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C. Hart
AB 7
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reed Johnson, CF6120122 .191
Jeff Baker, RF2000112 .214
   a- David DeJesus, PH-RF4225013 .266
Starlin Castro, SS6110112 .338
Bryan LaHair, 1B-LF6000123 .359
Alfonso Soriano, LF6021122 .257
    Lendy Castillo, P0000000 .000
Joe Mather, 3B2000111 .270
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Campana, PH1000001 .314
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
   c- Adrian Cardenas, PH1000001 .000
    Rafael Dolis, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P1000010 .000
    Geovany Soto, C0000000 .152
Welington Castillo, C-1B6030001 .176
Darwin Barney, 2B5120103 .255
Matt Garza, P2000021 .071
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   d- Ian Stewart, PH-3B3200003 .189
Totals517126713  
a-homered for Baker in the 7th
b-fouled out-bunting for Bowden in the 8th
c-flied out for Russell in the 9th
d-hit by pitch for Camp in the 7th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (3, Wolf), Welington Castillo (1, Parra)
3B - David DeJesus (2, Axford), Darwin Barney (2, Veras)
HR - David DeJesus (1, Loe)
RBI - David DeJesus 5 (9), Alfonso Soriano (15)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (5)
SB - Starlin Castro (12, 2nd base off Axford/Lucroy)
CS - Starlin Castro (5, 2nd base by Parra/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
DP - Mather-Barney-LaHair, Barney-Castro-LaHair, Barney-Castro-LaHair, Barney-Castro-LaHair
E - Shawn Camp (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza 5311530 2.56
Shawn Camp 1100110 3.18
Carlos Marmol (H,2) 0.2122110 6.35
Michael Bowden (BS,1) 0.1222100 4.70
James Russell 1000110 0.68
Rafael Dolis (BS,2) 2222201 3.38
Kerry Wood 2000310 9.95
Lendy Castillo (L,0-1)0211000 7.04
HBP - Weeks (by Matt Garza), Weeks (by Lendy Castillo), Braun (by Lendy Castillo)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 93-51, Shawn Camp 17-10, Carlos Marmol 21-11, Michael Bowden 13-7, James Russell 17-10, Rafael Dolis 41-20, Kerry Wood 25-11, Lendy Castillo 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-4, James Russell 1-1, Rafael Dolis 4-1, Kerry Wood 1-3
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 22, Shawn Camp 5, Carlos Marmol 4, Michael Bowden 3, James Russell 4, Rafael Dolis 9, Kerry Wood 8, Lendy Castillo 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF3110101 .197
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000001 .000
    Norichika Aoki, CF2000001 .220
Rickie Weeks, 2B4100123 .158
Ryan Braun, LF2100401 .307
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5221213 .227
Corey Hart, RF7243003 .252
George Kottaras, C1100300 .300
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
   b- Edwin Maysonet, PH10100001.000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   c- Zack Greinke, PH1000001 .154
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
Taylor Green, 1B3010011 .250
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   d- Jonathan Lucroy, PH-C2013101 .326
Cesar Izturis, SS4010203 .205
Randy Wolf, P1000010 .091
   e- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B2000023 .186
Totals398117147  
a-flied out for Morgan in the 8th
b-singled for Dillard in the 9th
c-grounded into a double play for Parra in the 11th
d-doubled for Loe in the 7th
e-struck out for Wolf in the 6th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (10, Marmol), Corey Hart (8, Garza), Jonathan Lucroy (4, Bowden)
HR - Corey Hart (7, Dolis)
SH - Randy Wolf (2), Travis Ishikawa 2 (3)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (18), Corey Hart 3 (16), Jonathan Lucroy 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (9), Jonathan Lucroy 3 (13)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Weeks-T. Green
E - Aramis Ramirez (4, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 6400350 5.63
Jose Veras (H,4) 0.1133100 7.07
Kameron Loe (BS,1) 0.2111001 2.45
Francisco Rodriguez (H,7) 1100000 5.28
John Axford (BS,1) 0.2231030 6.10
Tim Dillard 0.1000000 5.02
Manny Parra 2100230 2.20
Vinnie Chulk (W,1-0) 2200120 6.75
IBB - LaHair by Vinnie Chulk
HBP - Stewart (by Jose Veras)
WP - John Axford 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 98-64, Jose Veras 21-11, Kameron Loe 9-7, Francisco Rodriguez 10-9, John Axford 29-17, Tim Dillard 1-1, Manny Parra 30-18, Vinnie Chulk 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 4-8, Jose Veras 1-0, Kameron Loe 1-1, John Axford 1-0, Manny Parra 2-0, Vinnie Chulk 3-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 24, Jose Veras 4, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4, John Axford 6, Tim Dillard 1, Manny Parra 8, Vinnie Chulk 9
Game Information
Attendance - 40097
Game Time - 5:04
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom