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Overbay, Garza boost Brewers over Cubs

Milwaukee,  WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Lyle Overbay homered to back Matt Garza's 
strong  outing,  and the Milwaukee Brewers  defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, in 
the opener of a three-game set from Miller Park. 

Garza  earned his  first win as a  Brewer, allowing two runs on four hits with 
seven strikeouts over seven innings against his former team. 

Garza  (1-2) signed  a  four-year, $50  million deal  in  the offseason  after 
spending the previous two-plus seasons with the Cubs. 

"He  really  went after  guys," Brewers  manager Ron  Roenicke said of Garza's 
performance.  "His  fastball was excellent and  he just went after guys. We're 
playing good baseball." 

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 10th save of the season. 

Carlos  Gomez  went 3-for-5  with  two  runs  scored,  while Ryan  Braun  also 
collected three hits with an RBI and a run scored for Milwaukee, which has won 
six of its last seven games. 

Scooter  Gennett, Jonathon  Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez all knocked in a run for 
the Brewers. 

Chicago  starter  Carlos Villanueva (1-5) took  the loss after he allowed five 
runs on 11 hits over five frames. 

Emilio  Bonifacio  and Ryan Sweeney each  had an RBI in the setback, Chicago's 
third in a row. 

"The first inning obviously didn't start off well," said Cubs manager Rick 
Renteria. "Obviously not a very clean first inning. (Garza) goes right after 
hitters and he knows what he's doing. You have to tip your hat off to him a 
little bit." 

Milwaukee  scored  two runs  in the first  on three straight  hits to open the 
frame.  Gomez singled  to left,  then  stole second  and scored  on a  Gennett 

Braun  knocked in  Gennett in  the  next at-bat  with  a single  to left  that 
staked the Brewers to a 2-0 lead. 

Chicago  got  one back  in the  top of the  third on  an Bonifacio single that 
plated Sweeney, who led off the inning with a walk. 

Lucroy increased the cushion in the home half of the third with an RBI single. 

Overbay  homered to lead off the fourth inning and Ramirez knocked in Braun in 
the fifth with a sacrifice fly to left that gave the Brewers a 5-1 advantage. 

Sweeney's RBI groundout in the seventh accounted for the final margin. 

Zach  Duke struck  out the side in  the eighth and Rodriguez pitched a perfect 
ninth to close it out. 

                                   Game Notes 

Rodriguez tied Robb Nen for 18th on the all-time saves list with 314 ... Braun 
extended  his hitting streak against Chicago to 11 games. He has hit safely in 
15  of his  last 17  games ...  Chicago was  1-for-5 with  runners in  scoring 

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