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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. 

                                   Game Notes 

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. 

 
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