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Milwaukee at Chicago

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Milwaukee (62-80) «000000300380
Chi. Cubs (60-82)000010000130

Brewers 3, Cubs 1

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CHICAGO -- Yovani Gallardo and the Milwaukee Brewers haven't had the year that either had hoped for.

Hopefully finishing strong can put a positive spin on a disappointing season for both.

Gallardo pitched seven strong innings to lead the Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Since returning in mid-August from a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.35 earned run average and looks like the ace who won 16 and 17 games, respectively, the previous two seasons.

"I've been feeling good," he said. "That's the main thing and to be consistent. The year hasn't gone the way I wanted it to, but coming off the DL kind of refreshes the mental side and you can go out there and just pitch."

Gallardo (11-9) allowed just three hits in his seven innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

The Cubs, who dropped to 29-46 at Wrigley Field, could only muster a Junior Lake home run on offense, and wasted a strong but brief outing by starter Scott Baker, who had five shutout innings in his first start of the season following Tommy John Surgery in 2012.

"It felt very good," said Baker, who threw just 55 pitches before being pinch hit for in the fifth. "There were some emotions there. It's been a long road and I was happy my family was here to share this moment because they're just as much a part of this as I am. Rehab process is hard on everyone just not the player himself. It's been a long road so that definitely plays into it being a very special day for me and my family."

Lake's fifth-inning blast gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead and it appeared that Baker might be the feel-good story of the day. But the Brewers rallied in the top of the seventh to turn the game around.

Former Cub Aramis Ramirez started things with a one-out double down the left-field line off reliever Justin Grimm (0-1). Carlos Gomez followed with a single to right field, also off Grimm. Ramirez was held at third base, but the throw from Nate Schierholtz missed the cut-off man, allowing Gomez to take second.

Left-hander James Russell then was brought in by Cubs manager Dale Sveum with lefty Scooter Gennett due up. But Brewers manager Ron Roenicke countered with righty Jeff Bianchi to pinch hit and he delivered a single up the middle to plate both runners and put the Brewers on top, 2-1.

"That was the ballgame, basically," Roenicke said of Bianchi's hit. "If he doesn't get that hit, we're still trailing and we probably end up hitting for Yovani."

Following a walk and a fielder's choice for the second out, Gallardo was allowed to bat and provided a little insurance with a single to left to score Bianchi to make it 3-1.

The Brewers bullpen had a scoreless two innings and closer Jim Henderson worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.

But clearly, the star of the night was Gallardo.

"His command was really good," Roenicke said. "He's had his good command for quite a few starts. After a rough start for him this season, he's bounced back and he has life on his balls. All of his pitches, he's [throwing] well."

Notes

To make room for Baker on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated INF Cody Ransom for assignment. "Unfortunately, Ransom's been here all year and it's kind of a weird time to designate someone on Sept. 8," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's an unfortunate thing, but it's part of the business." Ransom, 37, made 38 starts at 3B. He hit .189 with nine home runs and 20 RBI. ... Brewers OF Khris Davis (left wrist) hasn't played since Wednesday. With Monday's off-day, manager Ron Roenicke said he hopes Davis can return on Tuesday in St. Louis. ... The Cubs are at Cincinnati on Monday with Travis Wood (8-11) facing Bronson Arroyo (13-10). ... The Brewers are off until Tuesday when they begin a series in St. Louis with Wily Peralta (9-14) going against Shelby Miller (12-9).

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Bianchi
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Lake
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF3000102 .287
Jean Segura, SS3010010 .301
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000011 .284
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4120001 .271
Carlos Gomez, CF4120000 .282
Scooter Gennett, 2B2010000 .331
   a-Jeff Bianchi, PH-2B2112002 .251
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B3000110 .208
Logan Schafer, LF4000002 .221
Yovani Gallardo, P3011000 .226
   b-Juan Francisco, PH1000010 .236
Totals3338324  
a-singled for Gennett in the 7th
b-struck out for Kintzler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez 2 (17, Grimm), Scooter Gennett (7, Baker)
SH - Jean Segura (2)
RBI - Jeff Bianchi 2 (22), Yovani Gallardo (4)
2-OUT RBI - Yovani Gallardo (1)
SB - Carlos Gomez (33, 2nd base off Villanueva/Castillo), Logan Schafer (7, 3rd base off Russell/Castillo)
CS - Jean Segura (11, 2nd base by Baker/Castillo)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,11-9) 7311161 4.18
Brandon Kintzler (H,23) 1000010 2.67
Jim Henderson (S,24) 1000010 2.19
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 96-64, Brandon Kintzler 19-13, Jim Henderson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 8-7, Brandon Kintzler 2-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 25, Brandon Kintzler 3, Jim Henderson 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS4000001 .241
Luis Valbuena, 3B4010000 .226
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000010 .232
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000100 .254
Brian Bogusevic, LF3000022 .277
Donnie Murphy, 2B3000012 .276
Junior Lake, CF3121000 .309
Welington Castillo, C3000021 .268
Scott Baker, P1000011 .000
   a-Logan Watkins, PH1000010 .125
   b-Ryan Sweeney, PH1000000 .288
Totals3013118  
a-struck out for Baker in the 5th
b-grounded out for Villanueva in the 8th
Batting
HR - Junior Lake (6, Gallardo)
RBI - Junior Lake (16)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Baker 5200110 0.00
Justin Grimm (L,7-8; H,1) 1.1222010 6.41
James Russell (BS,8) 0.2211100 3.55
Carlos Villanueva 1200010 4.23
Hector Rondon 1000010 5.48
IBB - Betancourt by James Russell
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 55-39, Justin Grimm 16-12, James Russell 19-11, Carlos Villanueva 25-15, Hector Rondon 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 7-6, Justin Grimm 1-2, James Russell 1-1, Carlos Villanueva 2-0, Hector Rondon 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 17, Justin Grimm 6, James Russell 5, Carlos Villanueva 5, Hector Rondon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27802
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland