Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun belted a two-run homer, his
first at Miller Park in over a year, to spark Milwaukee's five-run first
inning and the Brewers routed the Chicago Cubs, 11-5, in the opener of a
three-game series on Friday.
Braun finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Rickie Weeks
collected three hits, two RBI and three runs scored for the Brewers, who have
won three straight games.
Martin Maldonado and Jean Segura also supplied three hits apiece in support of
starter Marco Estrada (5-2), who allowed three runs on six hits and four walks
with five strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win.
Travis Wood (5-5) was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 frames
to absorb the loss.
"The hit everything I threw up there. It didn't matter what I threw. They got
to me early," Wood said.
Nate Schierholtz went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for the Cubs, who have lost
three straight games.
The Brewers pounced on Wood in the first, as Segura scorched a leadoff single
that deflected off the Chicago southpaw before Braun launched an 0-1 fastball
out to right-center field for his first longball at home since May 22, 2012.
After Jonathan Lucroy fanned, Carlos Gomez worked a walk and raced around to
score on Khris Davis' double into the gap in right-center. Weeks followed with
a single to center to plate Davis and scored two batters later on Maldonado's
double to right to make it 5-0 Milwaukee.
Gomez capped a string of three straight singles with an RBI base hit to center
in the second to make it 6-0, but the Cubs got a pair back in the third on
Emilio Bonifacio's RBI single and Junior Lake's run-scoring groundout.
Weeks opened the home half with a double and scored two batters later on
Maldonado's single to right before the Brewers tacked on four more in the
fifth to blow the game open.
"A lot of times we've been scoring the first inning or the second inning and
then we don't do much the rest of the game," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke
said. "I was really happy to see us turn it around."
Davis started the inning with a double and scored on Weeks' single to center
to make it 8-2. Maldonado singled two batters later to leave runners on the
corners for Estrada, who put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Weeks.
Segura and Braun followed with back-to-back RBI singles to push Milwaukee's
lead to 11-2.
Schierholtz scorched a leadoff blast in the sixth before the Cubs put together
a brief two-out rally in the ninth.
Lake and Luis Valbuena worked back-to-back two-out walks off Tyler Thornburg
before Starlin Castro and pinch-hitter John Baker registered consecutive RBI
singles to bring Chicago within 11-5.
However, Thornburg induced a fielder's choice groundout from Welington
Castillo to close out the victory.
Braun moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Brewers' all-time RBI
list and now has 707 career RBI ... Davis went 2-for-4 to extend his hit-
streak to eight games ... Chicago's scoreless streak reached 22 innings before
Bonifacio's RBI base hit in the third ... Castro has reached base safely in 14
straight games at Miller Park ... Milwaukee tied a franchise record with its
ninth straight game with at least 10 hits, matching the mark set from July 23-
Aug. 1, 1983 and again from July 29-Aug. 7, 2011. No Major League team has
accomplished the feat since the Brewers last did it in 2011 ... Gomez went 1-
for-3 to extend his hit-streak to 10 games.