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Brewers 7, Cubs 4
Jody Gerut hit a grand slam, Mike Rivera delivered a key bases-loaded double and visiting Milwaukee salvaged a split of the four-game series between teams finishing disappointing seasons.
After making the playoffs last year -- Chicago as the NL Central champion and Milwaukee as the NL wild card -- both teams are all but out of contention with 2 1/2 weeks left. The Cubs fell to 75-70 and the Brewers are 71-75.
Randy Wells (10-9) gave up five runs and five hits in four innings for Chicago.
Milwaukee's Dave Bush (5-7) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. Trevor Hoffman worked the ninth for his 33rd save in 36 chances.
Reds 3, Marlins 2
Jay Bruce singled with the bases loaded in the first inning, and Cincinnati handed visiting Florida a costly loss.
The Marlins wasted a chance to gain ground in the NL wild-card chase. They remained 4 1/2 games behind Colorado and a game behind San Francisco, both of whom were off. They couldn't break their extended slump at Great American Ball Park, where they've dropped nine in a row.
Matt Maloney (1-4) got his first career victory by going five innings and giving up a pair of runs. He started in place of Johnny Cueto, who became sick a day earlier.
Chris Coghlan had four hits for the Marlins, including a pair of doubles. Anibal Sanchez (2-7) got the loss.
Florida failed to score off four Reds relievers. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 41 chances.
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