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Weeks homers twice as Brewers cruise past Cubs

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MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks' season-long slump appears to be coming to an end.

Weeks homered twice, drove in four runs and scored three times Tuesday night to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 9-3.

"I've been feeling good for a while now," Weeks said. "A little bit over a month now, probably."

Weeks had just one hit in the first five games against Chicago this season -- all part of what could only be called a miserable slump. But Weeks is now on a nine-game hitting streak in which he's batting .438 (14 for 32) with four homers and seven RBI.

"It feels good," he said after his seventh career multi-homer game and first since Sept. 5, 2012. "It's just one of those things where you keep working on things, and just go out there and play ball. There's no satisfaction. There's no big answer. Just go out there and play ball like I've been doing."

Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run double and Juan Francisco also homered for Milwaukee, which has defeated Chicago 19 of the last 21 times at home -- including nine in a row.

"We lost nine straight?" Chicago's Anthony Rizzo asked. "(I had) no idea. I don't know if anyone in this clubhouse knows that."

Kyle Lohse (3-6) gave up eight hits and three earned runs in seven innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Chicago's Edwin Jackson (3-10) allowed six earned runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings to fall to 0-3 against Milwaukee this season.

"From the get-go, he didn't have much of a fastball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He averaged 92 mph. It is going to be tough for him to pitch with that velocity."

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, mired in a 13-for-98 (.133) slump, had his streak of appearing in 269 consecutive games come to an end. It was the longest active streak in the National League.

Milwaukee, which improved to 5-1 against Chicago this season, scored five runs in the fifth to erase a 3-1 deficit. Jackson, who has walked at least one batter in every game this season, issued one to Francisco to start the inning and he scored on a double to left-center field by Weeks.

Rookie Caleb Gindl collected his first run batted in on a single to center that tied the score 3-3. Jean Segura made it 4-3 on a double to right, his NL-leading 100th hit of the year. Lucroy followed with a single to left field to give his team a 6-3 lead and chase Jackson.

"I put myself in a position to get out of that inning with one run and still a 3-2 game," Jackson said. "I wasn't able to put those guys away. Balls up, balls getting too much of the plate with two strikes."

Hector Rondon gave up a leadoff double to Francisco in the sixth before Weeks' homered to right for an 8-3 lead.

"When he's driving it the other way, he's going to be a tough out," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's swinging the bat better, no question."

The second baseman added a solo blast to deep center for a 9-3 lead in the eighth.

Francisco's solo homer, his seventh, came in the second.

In the third, Chicago took a 3-1 lead on Nate Schierholtz's three-run homer to right, his 11th of the season.

"He just got one pitch," Lohse said. "That happens in this game. I thought I made a pretty good pitch. It just came back a little bit over the middle. I've got to give it to our defense and offense. They picked me up. Usually you give up some runs early like that it's tough to come back."

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Chicago

N. Schierholtz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Valbuena, 3B4010001 .242
Darwin Barney, 2B3110000 .232
Nate Schierholtz, RF4123011 .300
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000022 .245
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010000 .253
Ryan Sweeney, CF4010001 .306
Welington Castillo, C4010012 .274
Cody Ransom, SS4000002 .229
Edwin Jackson, P2110001 .125
    Julio Borbon, PH1000000 .197
Totals3438304  
a-lined out for Rondon in the 7th
Batting
2B - Nate Schierholtz (19, Lohse), Anthony Rizzo (21, Lohse), Ryan Sweeney (10, Lohse), Welington Castillo (13, Lohse)
HR - Nate Schierholtz (11, Lohse)
SH - Darwin Barney (2)
RBI - Nate Schierholtz 3 (32)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Shawn Camp (2, Throwing)
PB - Welington Castillo (5)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,3-10) 4.2666211 5.84
Hector Rondon 1.1222011 6.23
Shawn Camp 2311001 6.53
WP - Edwin Jackson (9)
HBP - Schafer (by Edwin Jackson)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 88-49, Hector Rondon 12-11, Shawn Camp 26-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-4, Hector Rondon 2-1, Shawn Camp 4-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 21, Hector Rondon 6, Shawn Camp 9
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF3110101 .292
Jean Segura, SS4111001 .334
Jonathan Lucroy, C4012010 .279
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000012 .267
Juan Francisco, 1B3321100 .224
Rickie Weeks, 2B4334000 .230
Logan Schafer, CF3000001 .222
Caleb Gindl, LF4121000 .231
Kyle Lohse, P2010000 .148
    Scooter Gennett, PH1000001 .220
Totals32911922  
a-grounded out for Gonzalez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jean Segura (9, Jackson), Juan Francisco (3, Rondon), Rickie Weeks (10, Jackson)
HR - Juan Francisco (7, Jackson), Rickie Weeks 2 (8, Rondon)
SH - Kyle Lohse (3)
RBI - Jean Segura (32), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (42), Juan Francisco (23), Rickie Weeks 4 (19), Caleb Gindl (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jean Segura (8), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (13)
PK - Norichika Aoki (1, Jackson), Logan Schafer (1, Jackson)
Team LOB - 3
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse (W,3-6) 7833031 3.69
Mike Gonzalez 1000010 3.33
Burke Badenhop 1000000 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 96-70, Mike Gonzalez 14-8, Burke Badenhop 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 9-9, Burke Badenhop 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 29, Mike Gonzalez 3, Burke Badenhop 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30172
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Eric Cooper