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Duluth News Tribune
Brewers fall to Cubs, maintain lead
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Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs and Tsuyoshi Wada took a shutout into the seventh inning as the host Chicago Cubs beat the first-place Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 for the second straight night.

Starlin Castro and Chris Coghlan each went 3-for-4 for the Cubs, who took a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. Wada (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits over 6⅔ innings for Chicago’s seventh straight quality start.

Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to account for all the scoring by Milwaukee, which maintained a 1½-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central. Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (11-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in three innings before leaving with a right ankle injury suffered during his at-bat in the third inning.

The Cubs jumped on Lohse for two runs in the first, as Coghlan led off with a double and Baez followed with a single ahead of Rizzo’s sacrifice fly and Castro’s RBI single. Baez roped a 1-1 slider onto Waveland Ave. in the third, and Rizzo drove the next pitch out to right for his 27th of the season.

Weeks and Maldonado went back-to-back to nearly the same spot in left-center with two outs in the seventh to chase Wada. The Brewers wasted a two-out triple from Jonathan Lucroy in the eighth and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

  • Rizzo’s homer was his 11th of the season on the first pitch of an at-bat, the most in the majors.
  •  Castro extended his hitting streak to 12 games, his longest streak of the season and two games shy of his career high.
  • Brewers starting pitchers have failed to record a quality start only four times in the past 22 games.