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[September 03, 2014]
Cubs 7, Brewers 1: Arismendy
Alcantara homered and Luis Valbuena had two hits and an RBI and scored
twice as host Chicago sent Milwaukee to its seventh straight loss.
Chicago's Jake Arrieta (8-5) struck out four and allowed one run and
five hits over six innings to earn the win. Jorge Soler failed to record
an extra-base hit for the first time in his six games in the majors but
did have an RBI single and scored a run in the four-run first.
Ryan Braun drove in a run and Aramis Ramirez had two hits for the
plummeting Brewers, who fell two games behind St. Louis in the
National League Central but maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over
Atlanta for the second wild card. Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo
(8-8) was tagged for seven runs (five earned) in five innings to
suffer his first loss at Wrigley Field since 2009, a span of seven
starts during which he was 5-0.
The Cubs sent eight men to the plate in the first and were aided by
back-to-back errors by shortstop Elian Herrera. The Brewers strung
together three straight one-out hits in the third with Braun's RBI
single cutting it to 4-1.
Chicago teed off on Gallardo in the fifth, as Valbuena doubled and
scored on Welington Castillo's RBI double to the ivy in left, and
Alcantara followed with a two-run blast to right. The Brewers had
two on with two out in the seventh before Soler made a diving grab
in right to rob Jonathan Lucroy and end the threat, and they also
put two men on in the ninth before Kyuji Fujikawa struck out Rickie
Weeks to seal it.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Gallardo tallied four strikeouts to tie Ben Sheets (1,206)
for the franchise record. … Cubs SS Starlin Castro left with a sprained
left ankle after he singled and scored in the first. … Soler was trying
to become the first player in the last 100 years with at least one
extra-base hit in each of his first six games.
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