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Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - After  a rocky  start, Kyle  Lohse retired 
12  straight batters  and pitched the Milwaukee  Brewers to a 4-3 win over the 
Chicago Cubs on Friday in the opener of a three-game set from Wrigley Field. 

Lohse  (5-1) allowed three  runs on seven hits -- all before the fourth inning 
--  in seven frames to help the Brewers snap a brief two-game road losing skid 
and move to 13-5 away from home this season. 

"We're  taking it  a day  at a  time," said  Lohse. "We're  not worried  about 
tomorrow  or the next day. ... We're just coming in and playing the day's game 
and as soon as that one's over, you turn the page and go get them again." 

Jean  Segura went  3-for-5 with two RBI for Milwaukee and Jonathan Lucroy also 
drive in a run in the triumph. 

Darwin  Barney  and Junior Lake  each homered for  the slumping Cubs, who have 
dropped  10 of  their last 12 following a three-game winning streak from April 
30-May 3. 

Chicago  ace Jeff  Samardzija's winless streak moved to 15 games going back to 
last  season after yet another disappointing setback. The right-hander entered 
Friday's  matchup  with the second-best ERA  (1.45) in the majors, but was the 
first  pitcher since at least 1900 to give up three or fewer runs in his first 
eight  starts of a season without earning a win. His last victory came on Aug. 
24 of last season 

"Obviously,  I  want to win," Samardzija  said. "Being a starting pitcher, you 
have a big say in how the game turns out. Obviously if my record isn't where I 
want it to be, I need to do a better job." 

Samardzija  (0-4) surrendered all  four runs -- two earned -- on six hits with 
six strikeouts over five innings. 

The  Brewers  quickly got to work  against Samardzija, manufacturing a pair of 
runs in both the first and second innings. 

Segura  singled with one out in the first and moved to second on a wild pitch. 
Lucroy  then looped a  single to left, which Lake fumbled to allow him to take 
second as the speedy Segura trotted home easily on the play. 

Lyle  Overbay followed with a grounder to shortstop and Starlin Castro's throw 
to first was off the mark. Lucroy scored on the play to make it 2-0. 

Elian Herrera doubled to start the second and Logan Schafer walked before both 
runners  advanced on  a passed ball by Cubs catcher Welington Castillo. Segura 
then doubled the spread, plating both runners with a line-drive single back up 
the middle. 

Barney's two-run shot in the home half barely cleared the wall in left but cut 
the Cubs' deficit in half, and Lake's third-inning solo blast made it 4-3. 

Will  Smith took over  for Lohse and needed just 11 pitches to get through the 
eighth  inning, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched around Castro's leadoff single 
in the ninth to record his 17th save of the season in as many tries. 

                                   Game Notes 

Herrera  went 2-for-4 with two doubles ... Milwaukee improved to 24-8 in their 
last  32  meetings with  the Cubs ...  Samardzija fell to  0-4 in seven career 
starts  against the  Brewers ... It was  42 degrees in Chicago at the start of 
the  game, the coldest temperature for game time on this date at Wrigley since 
at  least 1900 ... Four Chicago relievers combined to strike out eight batters 
in four innings of work. 

 
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