National League Game Summary - Chicago at Milwaukee
(Friday, August 26th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Chicago 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two
walks and an RBI to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 win over the Chicago
Cubs in the opener of a three-game set.
Randy Wolf (11-8) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over 6 2/3
innings. He walked two, struck out three and has won his last five decisions.
"Our starting pitchers have really been keeping us in games," said Braun.
"Randy, again tonight, was phenomenal. He did a great job, kept us in it."
George Kottaras hit a home run and Prince Fielder had an RBI single for the
Brewers, who have split their last four but have won 25 of their last 30 games
overall. They remain 9 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals for first place in the
John Axford allowed two runners to reach base in the ninth, but settled down
to earn his 38th save of the season.
Rodrigo Lopez (4-5) gave up four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and four
walks over six innings to suffer the loss. He struck out five.
Starlin Castro hit a leadoff home run for the Cubs, who have dropped five of
their last six. Aramis Ramirez doubled to extend his hit streak to 15 games.
Castro began the game with a homer to center and Jeff Baker put the Cubs on
top, 2-0, with an RBI double in the third. Darwin Barney scored on Baker's
liner to deep right after reaching on a Wolf error and stealing second.
Kottaras struck with a two-out, solo shot in the bottom of the fourth and the
Brewers grabbed a 4-2 lead an inning later.
Corey Hart led off with a single and Nyjer Morgan reached on a Barney error to
place runners at first and second. After a double steal, Braun belted a two-
bagger off the top of the wall in right-center to score Hart and Morgan, then
crossed the plate himself when Barney's throw sailed past Ramirez at third.
"He made mistakes," Cubs manager Mike Quade said of Barney. "He doesn't make
many, but every so often those things happen."
Jeff Samardzija relieved Lopez to begin the home seventh and issued walks to
Hart and Braun. Fielder delivered a base hit to left to score Hart, sealing
the final margin.
Takashi Saito spelled Wolf with two down in the top of the seventh and
stranded a runner at second, while Francisco Rodriguez faced the minimum in
In the ninth, Axford allowed a single to Marlon Byrd and issued a two-out walk
to Reed Johnson, but grounded out Blake DeWitt to end the game.
The Brewers are 48-16 at Miller Park this season, which marks the best home
record in the majors...Wolf has not lost since July 23...Kottaras hit his
third home run of the season.
08/27 01:58:54 ET
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