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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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"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."
"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."
|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|
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|Norichika Aoki, RF||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||4||5||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||3||3||2||1||0||1||.311|
|Corey Hart, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.272|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||5||1||3||7||0||0||2||.332|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Aramis Ramirez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.291|
|Jim Henderson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||4||1||3||2||1||1||0||.214|
|Jeff Bianchi, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.185|
|Shaun Marcum, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.074|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Livan Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|a-grounded into a double play for Veras in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Marcum in the 5th|
|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|
|PB - Jonathan Lucroy (2)|
|Manny Parra (BS,2)||0.1||1||1||1||2||0||0||4.62|
|Jim Henderson (H,5)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||3.29|
|Francisco Rodriguez (BS,7; L,2-7)||0.1||4||3||3||1||1||0||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|
|David DeJesus, LF-RF||4||3||3||2||2||0||0||.268|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||5||2||3||1||1||1||1||.232|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||3||2||2||1||1||5||.277|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||6||0||2||2||0||0||0||.283|
|Bryan LaHair, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.254|
|a- Alfonso Soriano, PH-LF||1||1||1||1||2||0||0||.259|
|Steve Clevenger, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.216|
|b- Welington Castillo, PH-C||1||0||0||1||1||1||1||.256|
|Brett Jackson, CF||3||2||2||2||2||1||1||.216|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||6||.254|
|Brooks Raley, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Josh Vitters, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.093|
|Blake Parker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Travis Wood, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Joe Mather, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.211|
|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|
|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|
|DP - Castro-Barney-Rizzo|
|Carlos Marmol (W,2-2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|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|