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"He's really swinging the bat well now," he said.
Shaun Marcum (10-3) pitched six innings to win his third straight for the Brewers, giving up two runs on seven hits. LaTroy Hawkins and Francisco Rodriguez each pitched a scoreless inning. John Axford closed out the game to record his 30th save in 32 chances.
Axford, who has now converted a team-record 27 straight save opportunities, saved all three wins against the Cubs.
Marcum struggled in the first inning, giving up one run, in part because of his throwing error on a pickoff attempt. He settled down and only gave up one more run.
"I fell behind early in the counts, but the guys battled back and gave me the lead," he said. "Then I was able to get in a groove and pitched pretty well."
Troy Campana, who started in right field for Fukudome, led off the game by beating out an infield grounder and went to second on a throwing error by Marcum. He then stole third base and scored on Aramis Ramirez's sacrifice fly to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers came back to grab a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Casey McGehee's sacrifice fly and Yuniesky Betancourt's RBI double.
Braun's 21st home run of the season in the third inning gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead.
Milwaukee extended its lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning. After a single by Nyjer Morgan, Braun crushed a pitch from Wells off the center field wall to score Morgan.
Alfonso Soriano's sixth inning RBI double cut the lead to 4-2.
NOTES: The Cubs recalled OF Tyler Colvin from Triple-A Iowa to replace Fukudome, who was sent to the Cleveland Indians for two minor-leaguers, OF Abner Abreu and RHP Carlton Smith. Colvin, who pinch hit in the ninth and struck out, will start Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis. ... The Cubs' first-inning run snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak, dating back to the second inning of Tuesday's game. ... The Cubs have given up a major-league leading 85 first-inning runs. ... The Cubs are 21 games under .500, tying their worst winning percentage this season.
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