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MILWAUKEE -- Logan Schafer was not surprised when he got the squeeze sign with the bases loaded in a tie game in the ninth inning.

Schafer dropped a pinch-hit suicide squeeze bunt with the bases loaded to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 walkoff victory against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

"I am never surprised to get the squeeze sign," Schafer said. "When you are in my role that is what you are expected to do. As a bench player that is kind of my job, so I am never surprised with suicide squeeze especially if it wins the game."

Aramis Ramirez walked to open the inning off Justin Grimm (0-2), who came on to start the ninth.

Jeff Bianchi pinch-ran for Ramirez and advanced on Carlos Gomez's single to center. Grimm then mishandled Scooter Gennett's sacrifice bunt for an error to load the bases.

After Caleb Gindl popped out, Schafer put down a slow roller toward the mound, scoring Bianchi.

"It was just a well-executed bunt. The guy was going to be safe either way," Grimm said. "But, obviously I got myself in that situation with the leadoff walk, then not fielding my position when the guy hit it to me. I was thinking three, get the lead out and bobbled it."

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted the squeeze play was a bit of a risk.

"Bases loaded, it's not ideal. I have to think about it when we have the bases loaded because it's a flip and a force play at home," Roenicke said. "It's so much easier than having to tag at home so most guys won't do it there."

Jim Henderson (5-5) allowed a leadoff double in the top of the ninth, but retired three straight for the victory.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings, giving him 203 strikeouts in 201 2/3 innings this season. He's the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings in a season since Ryan Dempster in 2010.

Gomez drove in three runs for Milwaukee with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada had allowed only two singles before the Cubs scored three runs in the seventh inning.

Junior Lake doubled to open the inning and moved to third on Anthony Rizzo's groundout.

After Nate Schierholtz walked with one out, Lake scored on Ryan Sweeney's sacrifice fly to right. Welington Castillo followed with his eighth home run.

Gomez tied it at 3 in the seventh, following a leadoff walk to Ramirez with his 20th home run.

"A hanging split floated in there and he put a good swing on it," Samardzija said. "Kept it fair and snuck it in the corner. As a whole, I battled and got out of a couple situations, which was nice, which was an improvement on previous outings."

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second when Ramirez doubled to the wall and continued to third when center fielder Sweeney bobbled the ball for an error. Gomez followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Brewers ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity in the sixth when

Norichika Aoki tripled into the right-field corner to open the inning.

Aoki attempted to score on Jonathan Lucroy's one-out bouncer to third, but was tagged out in a rundown and Lucroy was thrown trying to reach second.


"200 strikeouts, 200 innings is a huge feat for anybody to get done," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before the game. "The players know it and it is always fun playing behind a guy who gets the ball and has that mentality to go after people." ... Dioner Navarro's eighth-inning pinch-hit double was his 100th career double. ... Aoki's triple gave the Brewers 42 for the season, their most since 1995 and tops in the major leagues this year.

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Players of the Game

W. Castillo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

C. Gomez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Starlin Castro, SS4020000 .243
Junior Lake, LF4110033 .303
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000014 .227
Nate Schierholtz, RF3110110 .251
Ryan Sweeney, CF3001011 .268
Welington Castillo, C4122001 .273
Donnie Murphy, 3B3000021 .250
   Luis Valbuena, 3B1000011 .220
Darwin Barney, 2B3000000 .210
Jeff Samardzija, P2000010 .121
   a-Dioner Navarro, PH1010000 .305
   Logan Watkins, PR0000000 .125
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Samardzija in the 8th
2B - Junior Lake (15, M. Estrada), Nate Schierholtz (30, Henderson), Dioner Navarro (7, Kintzler)
HR - Welington Castillo (8, M. Estrada)
SF - Ryan Sweeney (1)
RBI - Ryan Sweeney (19), Welington Castillo 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Welington Castillo 2 (11)
SB - Starlin Castro (9, 2nd base off M. Estrada/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Murphy-Castillo-Barney
E - Justin Grimm (2, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Sweeney (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Jeff Samardzija 7533281 4.42
Pedro Strop 1000010 4.75
Justin Grimm (L,7-9) 0.2110100 6.14
HBP - Halton (by Jeff Samardzija)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 106-69, Pedro Strop 12-7, Justin Grimm 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 4-7, Justin Grimm 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 27, Pedro Strop 3, Justin Grimm 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Norichika Aoki, RF4020000 .282
Jean Segura, SS4000002 .296
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000021 .279
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2210210 .269
   Jeff Bianchi, PR0100000 .244
Carlos Gomez, CF3123010 .286
Scooter Gennett, 2B3000010 .329
Caleb Gindl, LF3010103 .263
Sean Halton, 1B2000021 .257
   a-Logan Schafer, PH0001000 .221
Marco Estrada, P2000022 .172
   b-Juan Francisco, PH1000001 .232
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Halton in the 9th
b-flied out for M. Estrada in the 7th
2B - Aramis Ramirez (18, Samardzija)
3B - Norichika Aoki (3, Samardzija)
HR - Carlos Gomez (20, Samardzija)
SF - Carlos Gomez (6)
SH - Scooter Gennett (3), Logan Schafer (11)
RBI - Carlos Gomez 3 (66), Logan Schafer (31)
CS - Jean Segura (13, 2nd base by Samardzija/Castillo)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Ramirez
Milwaukee Brewers
Marco Estrada 7433171 4.26
Brandon Kintzler 1200010 2.92
Jim Henderson (W,5-5) 1100020 2.24
Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 93-62, Brandon Kintzler 16-12, Jim Henderson 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 3-10, Brandon Kintzler 1-1, Jim Henderson 1-0
Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 25, Brandon Kintzler 5, Jim Henderson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22506
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Toby Basner, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Paul Schrieber