Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and Mike
Fiers tossed six dominant innings as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the
Chicago Cubs, 6-2, in the finale of a four-game set on Thursday.
Fiers (2-1) struck out a career-high 14 batters and allowed just three hits, a
walk and no runs to win his second straight start. His 14 K's are the most
ever thrown by a Brewer in a road game and second-most in franchise history.
Ben Sheets fanned 18 batters for the Brewers in 2004.
"Just getting the win is awesome after losing the last two," said Fiers.
"Personally, it was a great outing, a lot of strikeouts."
Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds both homered for Milwaukee, which halted a two-
Chris Valaika hit a two-run single and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the
Cubs, who struck out a combined 16 times.
Edwin Jackson (6-13) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on
seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 frames.
"I never felt like I got in a rhythm," said Jackson. "Either I was too low or
The Brewers opened the scoring early. Jonathan Lucroy and Davis both worked
two-out walks in the first and Gennett knocked them in with a double off the
Davis tacked on a run for Milwaukee with a solo shot to left with two outs in
the third for a 3-0 score.
Lyle Overbay singled to right with one out in the fourth and hustled home
after Elian Herrera tripled off the bag at first and Justin Ruggiano misplayed
the ball in right. Two batters later, Carlos Gomez's liner to left plated
Herrera for a 5-0 lead.
Chicago pushed across two runs in the seventh. Justin Ruggiano hit a two-out
single off Zach Duke and moved to third after Welington Castillo reached as
Herrera's throw sailed past first and into the seats. Valaika's grounder
trickled past a diving Herrera into left field, plating both runners for a 5-2
In the eighth, Reynolds crushed a changeup into the left-field seats for his
21st homer of the season to account for the final score.