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Cubs survive Lucroy's 7 RBI, top Brewers

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs haven't had much success against the Brewers this season. With a wild comeback win on Thursday, Chicago at least got the last laugh against their NL Central rival.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee, but Alfonso Soriano's RBI single capped a three-run comeback in the ninth inning that lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Brewers 12-11.

The Cubs win capped a lopsided season series between the teams that saw Milwaukee take 13 of 17 games. Cubs manager Dale Sveum was a coach for the Brewers before taking the reins in Chicago.

"Anybody else need a nap?" Sveum asked after the 4-hour, 9-minute marathon.

In a seesaw game featuring a combined 15 extra-base hits, the Cubs led 3-0, trailed 9-3 and were still down 11-9 going into the ninth.

Starlin Castro hit an RBI single against Francisco Rodriguez (2-7), Anthony Rizzo tied it with his second double of the afternoon and Soriano won the game with his one-out drive off the center-field wall.

"Those young guys don't give up," Soriano said. "When we're losing like we're losing, a lot of games, you have to come the ballpark with energy. We try our best. We try to play hard and win games."

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Lucroy tied his career high for RBI and Rickie Weeks had five hits. Ryan Braun and Cody Ransom also homered for Milwaukee, which had won eight straight against the Cubs.

"To put up runs like we did and then give it all away, it's kind of tough to be a part of," Lucroy said. "Fun game offensively, but defensively didn't cut it."

Ransom led off the seventh with a go-ahead solo shot to center off Blake Parker after Chicago rallied to tie the game with a six-run sixth.

Lucroy's third-inning shot landed on Waveland Avenue, erasing the Cubs' early 3-0 lead. Lucroy also stroked a two-run single in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth, matching the seven RBI he had May 20 against Minnesota.

Braun's league-leading 36th homer was even more impressive, clearing the batter's eye beyond the ivy in center field and nearly hitting the camera booth.

"Once we got the big lead and they came back we just didn't have the momentum," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Shaun Marcum was making his second start after missing two months because of elbow soreness. He allowed three runs, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out four.

Marcum had to leave the game after throwing 85 pitches because of right calf cramping.

"I wasn't very good from the get go, wasn't locating anything," Marcum said. "All in all, today wasn't a good day."

Carlos Marmol (2-2) picked up the win in relief.

Cubs rookie Brooks Raley gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four innings in his last outing of the season. Before the game, Sveum said that Raley would be shut down because of an innings limit.

Raley will finish the season 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in his first five big-league starts.

"I knew it was my last start going into the game," Raley said. "Obviously I'd like it to have gone differently, but we won the game so that's exciting."

Brett Jackson, another rookie, reached base four times. He doubled twice in the sixth, including a slicing two-bagger up the left-field line that tied the score at nine apiece.

"A lot of good work on offense," Jackson said. "A couple of huge innings. Very fun. Awesome, big hit by Sori. Great to come out with a win against these guys."

David DeJesus and Luis Valbuena had three hits each for Chicago, which avoided falling 32 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2000 season 65-97.

"Finally we won the last game at least and didn't get swept at home," Soriano said. "[The kids] had a very big at-bats today."

Notes

  • Darwin Barney played his 115th consecutive errorless game at second base, extending the single-season NL record he set on Wednesday. Barney is eight games shy of Ryne Sandberg's Cubs record for errorless games including streaks over multiple seasons.
  • Sveum said LHP Chris Rusin will likely be recalled from Triple-A Iowa to assume Raley's spot in the Chicago rotation. Rusin held the Brewers to one run and one hit over five innings on Aug. 21, his only big-league appearance to date. Sveum said that Luis Valbuena may see the bulk of the action at third base going forward after prospect Josh Vitters struggled to a 5 for 53 start after being recalled from the minors for the first time.
 
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Alfonso Soriano's RBI single caps a three-run comeback for the Cubs and allows Jonathan Lucroy's 7 RBI to go for naught. (Getty Images)
Alfonso Soriano's RBI single caps a three-run comeback for the Cubs and allows Jonathan Lucroy's 7 RBI to go for naught. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

J. Lucroy
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 7
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5010000 .283
Rickie Weeks, 2B5450000 .222
Ryan Braun, LF4332101 .311
Corey Hart, 1B4110113 .272
Jonathan Lucroy, C5137002 .332
Carlos Gomez, CF4110011 .256
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Aramis Ramirez, PH1000001 .291
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Cody Ransom, 3B4132110 .214
Jeff Bianchi, SS5000002 .185
Shaun Marcum, P2000002 .074
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000001 .255
    Livan Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
    Nyjer Morgan, CF2000000 .238
Totals4211171133  
a-grounded into a double play for Veras in the 8th
b-grounded out for Marcum in the 5th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks 2 (28, Bowden, Camp), Ryan Braun (27, Raley), Cody Ransom (11, Bowden)
HR - Ryan Braun (36, Raley), Jonathan Lucroy (9, Raley), Cody Ransom (10, Parker)
RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (92), Jonathan Lucroy 7 (49), Cody Ransom 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy 2 (27)
SB - Ryan Braun (21, 2nd base off Bowden/Clevenger), Carlos Gomez (28, 2nd base off Raley/Clevenger)
CS - Norichika Aoki (7, 2nd base by Raley/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Jonathan Lucroy (2)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum 4533440 3.35
Livan Hernandez 1.1355210 5.58
Manny Parra (BS,2) 0.1111200 4.62
Jose Veras 1.1100000 4.31
Jim Henderson (H,5) 1000210 3.29
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,7; L,2-7) 0.1433110 5.21
IBB - Soriano by Manny Parra
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 85-49, Livan Hernandez 40-22, Manny Parra 14-3, Jose Veras 18-10, Jim Henderson 21-11, Francisco Rodriguez 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 4-4, Livan Hernandez 2-1, Manny Parra 1-0, Jose Veras 3-1, Jim Henderson 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 21, Livan Hernandez 9, Manny Parra 4, Jose Veras 5, Jim Henderson 5, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, LF-RF4332200 .268
Luis Valbuena, 3B5231111 .232
Starlin Castro, SS5322115 .277
Anthony Rizzo, 1B6022000 .283
Bryan LaHair, RF3000011 .254
   a- Alfonso Soriano, PH-LF1111200 .259
Steve Clevenger, C2000111 .216
   b- Welington Castillo, PH-C1001111 .256
Brett Jackson, CF3222211 .216
Darwin Barney, 2B5000006 .254
Brooks Raley, P2010000 .200
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
   c- Josh Vitters, PH0100100 .093
    Blake Parker, P0000000 .000
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
   d- Travis Wood, PH1000000 .216
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   e- Joe Mather, PH1000010 .211
Totals39121411117  
a-was walked intentionally for LaHair in the 6th
b-walked for Clevenger in the 6th
c-walked for Bowden in the 6th
d-grounded out for Russell in the 7th
e-struck out for Marmol in the 9th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus 2 (25, Hernandez, Rodriguez), Luis Valbuena (16, Veras), Anthony Rizzo 2 (8, Marcum, Rodriguez), Brett Jackson 2 (5, Hernandez, Parra)
3B - Starlin Castro (10, Marcum)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (41), Luis Valbuena (22), Starlin Castro 2 (65), Anthony Rizzo 2 (30), Alfonso Soriano (79), Welington Castillo (13), Brett Jackson 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Welington Castillo (8), Brett Jackson 2 (3)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brooks Raley 41077222 8.14
Michael Bowden 2322100 4.84
Blake Parker 0.1111001 1.93
James Russell 0.2000000 3.41
Shawn Camp 1311000 3.56
Carlos Marmol (W,2-2) 1000010 3.92
WP - Michael Bowden (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brooks Raley 86-48, Michael Bowden 28-17, Blake Parker 6-5, James Russell 14-11, Shawn Camp 16-11, Carlos Marmol 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brooks Raley 3-6, Michael Bowden 4-2, James Russell 2-0, Shawn Camp 2-0, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Brooks Raley 23, Michael Bowden 10, Blake Parker 2, James Russell 2, Shawn Camp 5, Carlos Marmol 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28859
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn