Milwaukee at Chicago

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Milwaukee (27-15) «220000000491
Chicago (13-27)021000000383

Brewers defeat Cubs, keep Samardzija winless

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CHICAGO -- It took a while for Kyle Lohse to get comfortable on a cold and soggy day at Wrigley Field. Once he got into a groove, the Milwaukee Brewers were well on their way to another victory.

Lohse pitched seven effective innings for his first win in three weeks, and Milwaukee beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday.

"Kyle was a little bit off those first few innings and then he got it going again late," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Probably in the last inning had his best stuff and command."

Lohse allowed three runs and seven hits as NL Central-leading Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. He retired his last 13 batters in his first win since April 23 against San Diego, ending a streak of three starts without a decision.

"It was a weird early going for me. I couldn't get command really much of anything," Lohse said. "But you've been around long enough you figure out how to grind through it and figure out what you need to do physically to get your body in the right spot to make pitches."

Jean Segura had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which improved to an NL-best 13-5 on the road. Elian Herrera doubled twice in a spot start in right field for Ryan Braun, who got the day off as he makes his way back from a right oblique strain.

Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and Junior Lake had a solo shot for the Cubs, who have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Jeff Samardzija lasted five innings after getting off to a slow start, but is winless in his last 15 games dating to last season.

"Obviously, I want to win," Samardzija said. "Being a starting pitcher, you have a big say as to how the game turns out. Obviously if my record isn't what I want it to be I need to do a better job."

Milwaukee jumped on Samardzija for two runs in each of the first two innings, taking advantage of several early miscues by the Cubs.

Segura singled with one out in the first, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's base hit. Lucroy advanced when Lake mishandled his single to left and scored when Lyle Overbay reached on shortstop Starlin Castro's throwing error.

It was Castro's second error in three games and No. 7 in 40 games this season. The 24-year-old Castro had a career-low 22 errors in 159 games last season.

Segura added a two-run single in the second as Milwaukee opened a 4-0 lead. Welington Castillo had a costly passed ball that allowed the runners to move up to second and third before Segura hit a liner into center field.

Samardzija (0-4) allowed two earned runs and six hits in his shortest start of the season. His ERA increased from 1.45 to 1.62.

"He didn't have his best stuff today but he grinded out through five," manager Rick Renteria said. "We had a couple plays that maybe extended his innings."

Barney connected in the second and Lake went deep in the third, but that was it for Chicago against Lohse (5-1). The veteran right-hander struck out two and walked one while improving to 6-6 in 21 career starts against the Cubs.

Will Smith tossed a perfect eighth for Milwaukee and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his major league-best 17th save in 18 chances. It was Rodriguez's first outing since he allowed three runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

"I was itching to go yesterday. It didn't work out," he said. "But as long as I get an opportunity to go out there and pitch, there's a better chance that I am going to do better than I did three days ago."

Braun was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and played three straight games against the Pirates. Roenicke decided to rest the 2011 NL MVP for the series opener against the lowly Cubs.

Braun, who is batting .316 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 25 games, did not make a rehab start before he rejoined the team.

"You're going on what the player tells you. If he comes out and feels it again, you're in trouble," Roenicke said. "So that's why we try to take it easy so we're really protecting ourselves throwing him right out there and something happens and he's right back on the DL again."

Notes

It rained for much of the morning in Chicago, and the gametime temperature was 38 degrees. ... Brewers RHP Matt Garza (2-3, 4.98 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Edwin Jackson (2-3, 4.56 ERA) on Saturday. It will be Garza's first game at Wrigley Field since he was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers last July. ... Roenicke said he hopes Carlos Gomez will be able to play Saturday. The center fielder is nursing a sore back while serving a three-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl April 20 in Pittsburgh.

 
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Kyle Lohse goes seven innings for his first win in three weeks as the Brewers edge the Cubs.  (USATSI)
Kyle Lohse goes seven innings for his first win in three weeks as the Brewers edge the Cubs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Segura
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

D. Barney
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Logan Schafer, CF3100211 .196
Jean Segura, SS5132013 .261
Scooter Gennett, 2B4000123 .278
Jonathan Lucroy, C5111012 .300
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010020 .224
Mark Reynolds, 3B3010121 .217
Khris Davis, LF4000013 .221
Elian Herrera, RF4120021 .263
Kyle Lohse, P3010012 .105
   a-Rickie Weeks, PH1000010 .358
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals36493414  
a-struck out for Lohse in the 8th
Batting
2B - Elian Herrera 2 (2, Samardzija)
RBI - Jean Segura 2 (12), Jonathan Lucroy (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (11)
CS - Jean Segura (6, 2nd base by Samardzija/Castillo), Mark Reynolds (1, 2nd base by Samardzija/Castillo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Segura, Overbay-Segura-Gennett-Segura-Overbay
E - Mark Reynolds (3, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse (W,5-1) 7733122 2.88
Will Smith (H,11) 1000010 0.44
Francisco Rodriguez (S,17) 1100000 1.57
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 92-64, Will Smith 11-7, Francisco Rodriguez 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 8-9, Will Smith 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 27, Will Smith 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4000001 .294
Junior Lake, LF4111000 .255
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3010110 .285
Starlin Castro, SS4020001 .296
Luis Valbuena, 3B3010002 .242
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
   Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a-Chris Coghlan, PH1000001 .150
Welington Castillo, C4000002 .238
Nate Schierholtz, RF4110011 .200
Darwin Barney, 2B3112010 .183
Jeff Samardzija, P2010000 .150
   Brian Schlitter, P0000000 .000
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Mike Olt, 3B1000000 .179
Totals3338313  
a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Veras in the 9th
Batting
HR - Junior Lake (5, Lohse), Darwin Barney (2, Lohse)
RBI - Junior Lake (16), Darwin Barney 2 (7)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Starlin Castro (7, Throwing), Junior Lake (4, Misplayed grounder), Anthony Rizzo (2, Throwing)
PB - Welington Castillo (4)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (L,0-4) 5642360 1.62
Brian Schlitter 1100110 3.12
James Russell 0.2100020 4.50
Justin Grimm 1.1000030 3.38
Jose Veras 1100020 12.27
WP - Jeff Samardzija (5), Jose Veras (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 99-61, Brian Schlitter 26-14, James Russell 13-10, Justin Grimm 16-11, Jose Veras 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 5-4, Brian Schlitter 2-0, Jose Veras 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 24, Brian Schlitter 5, James Russell 3, Justin Grimm 4, Jose Veras 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35771
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 38
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Pat Hoberg