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Brewers choke at bat against Cubs’ Jackson

Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits a single during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday. The Brewers were shut out 3-0. Dennis Wierzbicki / USA Today Sports

CHICAGO — Right-hander Edwin Jackson pitched seven shutout innings and Starlin Castro delivered a go-ahead RBI double as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0, on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Jackson (3-3) picked up his second win in four starts as he out-dueled Brewers right-hander Matt Garza, a former Cub teammate, in the second in a three-game series.

Garza (1-4) game up all three runs in the first inning.

Jackson had a sparkling effort while striking out 11 Brewers, the seventh time he’s had 10 or more strikeouts in a game. He allowed only four hits and walked one.

Right-hander Hector Rondon worked a one-two-three ninth for his fourth save.

Jackson’s last shutout effort came on July 11, 2013, when he pitched seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Castro, the Cubs shortstop, went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the first. Catcher Welington Castillo was 1-for-3, hitting a double that drove in two more.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was 2-for-4 for the Central Division-leading Brewers.

Saturday’s game was Garza’s first at Wrigley Field since being traded last season to Texas. He signed a free agent deal with Milwaukee in January.

Both teams had a promising first but only the Cubs cashed in.

The Brewers put runners on first and second with two out, but failed to score. The Cubs then sent seven men to the plate to grab a 3-0 lead.

Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio reached on a bunt single, advanced on a sacrifice and fielder’s choice and came home from third on Castro’s two-out double to right center.

After right fielder Nate Schierholtz walked, Castillo drove in two more with a two-base hit to deep left.

Garza also pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out seven while throwing 105 pitches.

Garza beat the Cubs earlier this season, allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 5-2 Brewers win.

  • Saturday’s weather was considerably, improved with game-time temperatures at 55 degrees. Friday’s series opener was played in a frigid 38 degrees, two degrees shy of the record low for that date in Chicago.
  • RF Ryan Braun needs one RBI to reach 700 for his career. He’s fifth on the Brewers’ all-time list.
  • The Brewers entered Saturday with the National League’s best road record (13-5). The Tigers top the majors with a 12-4 mark.
  • Milwaukee will send RHP Marco Estrada (3-1, 3.28 ERA) against Cubs LHP Travis Wood (3-4, 4.91 ERA) today.