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"I have thrown a lot of pitches the last three starts and not many innings," he added.
Chicago got a pair back in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Kosuke Fukudome and RBI single by Derrek Lee. But Escobar made a nice play on Milton Bradley's grounder behind the bag and threw him out to end the rally.
Milwaukee got another run in the fourth with the aid of a rare error on Cubs' catcher Geovany Soto and the alert eye of Milwaukee manager Ken Macha.
After Felipe Lopez singled and moved up to second on an infield out, reliever David Patton threw a ball in the dirt that Soto attempted to scoop up with his catcher's mask, which is illegal. Macha came out of the dugout and pointed it out to home plate umpire Doug Eddings. Lopez was allowed to advance to third, Soto was charged with an error, and Braun followed with an RBI single.
"I don't think Soto knew the rule. I'll be honest with you," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We told him he couldn't use his helmet, either, just to make sure."
Corey Hart added a two-run single in a three-run fifth that included Escobar's third straight hit.
NOTES: Escobar has a five-game hitting streak, going 9 for 19 during that stretch. ... Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and is finished for the season, was back in the clubhouse Wednesday. "Everything is good," Soriano said. "Hopefully in a week it will feel better."
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