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Gallardo, Brewers top Cubs

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Yovani Gallardo  pitched seven innings of 
one-run  ball  as the Milwaukee Brewers  opened a four-game series against the 
Chicago Cubs with a 3-1 victory on Monday. 

Gallardo  (7-6) scattered six hits, struck out six and did not issue a walk in 
pitching the NL Central-leading Brewers to its fourth win in five games. 

"I  made pitches  whenever I needed to,"  said Gallardo. "I just gotta keep it 
(close) and let the guys come back and swing the bat." 

Scooter  Gennett went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Mark Reynolds 
added a solo homer for the victors. 

Jake  Arrieta  (6-4) pitched into  the eighth inning  but was saddled with the 
loss having allowed two runs on five hits. 

The  best defensive play of the game came from someone wearing a Cubs uniform, 
but  it was  from a  fan sitting  in the  left-field bleachers  after Reynolds 
crushed a first-pitch fastball nearly out of the stadium in the second frame. 

The  ball would  have landed on Waveland  Avenue had it not been for a elderly 
man standing on the top row and snagging the solo blast out of the air. 

Chicago  tied it in the fifth when Chris Coghlan's screamer ate up Reynolds at 
first base. Justin Ruggiano scored from second on what was ruled a double. 

Ryan Braun was thrown out at home in the seventh on a double from Gennett, but 
Gennett scored the go-ahead run on Khris Davis' line drive into the left-field 
corner. 

"In  the seventh, a  couple pitches that really didn't have the bite stayed in 
the  zone  with not a lot  of movement, and they  put some good swings on it," 
said  Arrieta. "They  have a really deep  lineup, and it shows by what they're 
doing and how they're playing as a team thus far this year." 

Gennett  added  an insurance run  in the  ninth with a  base hit to center, as 
Aramis  Ramirez lumbered  around to score thanks to Arismendy Alcantara's off- 
target throw. 

Francisco  Rodriguez  worked around a one-single  in the ninth en route to his 
league-leading 36th save. 

                                   Game Notes 

Reynolds  has recorded  at  least 20  home runs  seven  consecutive years  ... 
Rodriguez  is one  save away from tying Rollie Fingers (341) on MLB's all-time 
saves  list ... Arrieta lost for the first time in eight home starts this year 
... Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 10 games. 

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