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MILWAUKEE -- Hiram Burgos left all his jitters behind once he started pitching.
"I was very anxious before the game, waiting to go out there and warm up, Burgos said. "As soon as I got out there and threw my first pitch, everything went away. I was very locked down."
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Burgos held the Cubs to five hits with a strikeout and no walks to help the Brewers win their sixth straight game.
"He had good command with the fastball. He threw some nice curveballs. His change-up was outstanding. He came out from the get-go throwing strikes. It was a really good outing," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you see a guy coming up for his first outing and to be able to command pitches like that, it tells you a lot about a guy."
Burgos faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings and the only run he allowed was on Alfonso Soriano's single in the fourth. Three Brewers relievers combined to hold the Cubs scoreless over the last four innings.
"He was able to throw all his off-speed stuff when he got behind in the count. He had a good change-up. He did a nice job for his first outing," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
The Brewers scored first when Lucroy hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot to left center field in the second inning off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (0-3). Jackson lost to the Brewers for the second time this season.
Jackson, who lowered his ERA to 4.84 from over 6, held the Brewers to two hits through four innings. But the Brewers took advantage of shoddy fielding by Chicago. Two Cubs' errors in the fifth led to a pair of unearned runs, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead.
The Brewers extended the lead to 5-1 with two more unearned runs in the sixth. Ryan Braun singled. After Rickie Weeks struck out, Lucroy hit a bouncer back to the mound that Jackson cleanly fielded but his throw to second base sailed into center field, allowing Braun to advance to third.
"We're making the most of some of the things that have happened the last couple of days," Roenicke said. "We're playing better ball and we're getting some breaks.
Jackson pitched six innings, giving up four hits and five runs, only one of them earned, with one walk on four strike outs.
"We just have to make plays when we have a chance," Jackson said. "It is just a matter of going out and doing it. It is not an issue that anyone is panicking over. We are going to have bumps in the road but at the end of the day when we take the field we feel like we can beat anybody we play."
|Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy watches his second-inning homer in Milwaukee's win over the Cubs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|David DeJesus, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.300|
|a- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.118|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.190|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.297|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.319|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.167|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.071|
|Edwin Jackson, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Hector Rondon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Dave Sappelt, PH-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.100|
|a-struck out for DeJesus in the 8th|
|b-doubled for Rondon in the 8th|
|2B - Nate Schierholtz (7, Burgos), Dave Sappelt (1, Gonzalez)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Starlin Castro (4, Misplayed grounder), Edwin Jackson (1, Throwing), Alfonso Soriano (1, Dropped fly)|
|Edwin Jackson (L,0-3)||6||4||5||1||1||4||1||4.84|
|IBB - Braun by Hector Rondon|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 91-62, Hector Rondon 20-7, Kameron Loe 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 14-3, Hector Rondon 1-1, Kameron Loe 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 26, Hector Rondon 6, Kameron Loe 4|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jean Segura, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.386|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.283|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.190|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||2||1||1||0||0||4||.259|
|Logan Schafer, CF-RF||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||.176|
|Martin Maldonado, 1B||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.240|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.239|
|Hiram Burgos, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Blake Lalli, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.125|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Carlos Gomez, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.298|
|a-grounded out for Burgos in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Kintzler in the 7th|
|2B - Jean Segura (3, Rondon), Martin Maldonado (3, Loe)|
|HR - Jonathan Lucroy (3, Jackson)|
|SH - Logan Schafer (2)|
|RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (10), Logan Schafer (1), Martin Maldonado (4), Blake Lalli (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Maldonado (4)|
|SB - Jean Segura (3, 2nd base off Jackson/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Segura-Weeks-Maldonado|
|Hiram Burgos (W,1-0)||5||5||1||1||0||1||0||1.80|
|Brandon Kintzler (H,2)||2||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.57|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiram Burgos 83-54, Brandon Kintzler 26-18, Mike Gonzalez 25-18, Burke Badenhop 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiram Burgos 8-5, Brandon Kintzler 2-1, Burke Badenhop 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Hiram Burgos 19, Brandon Kintzler 6, Mike Gonzalez 5, Burke Badenhop 3|
|Attendance - 42230|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Chris Guccione|