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Recap: Brewers 4, Cubs 3
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - Darwin Barney hit a long drive to left in the second inning, and Junior Lake went deep in the third. It looked as if the Chicago Cubs were headed for a big day at the plate.

Then, all of the sudden, it was over.

The Cubs managed just one hit in the final six innings of a 4-3 loss to Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

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'Guys were trying to get Lohse up in the zone a little bit better so we were able to capitalize a little bit,' Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. 'But he did a nice job, a very good pitcher.'

Lohse allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings as NL Central-leading Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. He retired his last 13 batters in his first win since April 23 against San Diego, ending a streak of three starts without a decision.

'It was a weird early going for me. I couldn't get command really much of anything,' Lohse said. 'But you've been around long enough you figure out how to grind through it and figure out what you need to do physically to get your body in the right spot to make pitches.'

Jean Segura had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which improved to an NL-best 13-5 on the road. Elian Herrera doubled twice in a spot start in right field for Ryan Braun, who got the day off as he makes his way back from a right oblique strain.

Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and Junior Lake had a solo shot for the Cubs, who have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Jeff Samardzija lasted five innings after getting off to a slow start, but is winless in his last 15 games dating to last season.

'Obviously I want to win,' Samardzija said. 'Being a starting pitcher, you have a big say as to how the game turns out. Obviously if my record isn't what I want it to be I need to do a better job.'

Milwaukee jumped on Samardzija for two runs in each of the first two innings, taking advantage of several miscues by the Cubs on a soggy, cold day at Wrigley Field.

Segura singled with one out in the first, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's base hit. Lucroy advanced when Lake mishandled his single to left and scored when Lyle Overbay reached on shortstop Starlin Castro's throwing error.

It was Castro's second error in three games and No. 7 in 40 games this season. The 24-year-old Castro had a career-low 22 errors in 159 games last season.

Segura added a two-run single in the second as Milwaukee opened a 4-0 lead. Welington Castillo had a costly passed ball that allowed the runners to move up to second and third before Segura hit a liner into center field.

Samardzija (0-4) allowed two earned runs and six hits in his shortest start of the season. His ERA increased from 1.45 to 1.62.

'He didn't have his best stuff today but he grinded out through five,' Renteria said. 'We had a couple plays that maybe extended his innings.'

Barney connected in the second and Lake went deep in the third, but that was it for Chicago against Lohse (5-1). The veteran right-hander struck out two and walked one while improving to 6-6 in 21 career starts against the Cubs.

Will Smith tossed a perfect eighth for Milwaukee and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his major league-best 17th save in 18 chances.

Braun was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and played three straight games against the Pirates. Roenicke decided to rest the 2011 NL MVP for the series opener against the lowly Cubs.

Braun, who is batting .316 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 25 games, did not make a rehab start before he rejoined the team.

'You're going on what the player tells you. If he comes out and feels it again, you're in trouble,' Roenicke said. 'So that's why we try to take it easy so we're really protecting ourselves throwing him right out there and something happens and he's right back on the DL again.'

NOTES: It rained for much of the morning in Chicago, and the gametime temperature was 38 degrees. ... Brewers RHP Matt Garza (2-3, 4.98 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Edwin Jackson (2-3, 4.56 ERA) on Saturday. It will be Garza's first game at Wrigley Field since he was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers last July. ... It was career save No. 321 for Rodriguez, who moved into a tie with Jose Mesa for 15th on the all-time list.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Brewers at Cubs
Fri, May 16 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Brewers at Cubs
Sat, May 17 Final 0 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Brewers at Cubs
Sun, May 18 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  +112   -220   6.5 
 CHC  -122   +180   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  +112   -210   6.5 
 CHC  -122   +177   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  45%   36%   42% 
 CHC  55%   64%   58% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 27, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Cover: +135 
 MIL 0 Under: 4 
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 Apr 26, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 3 Over: 8 
 MIL 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 25, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 2 Under: 7 
 MIL 5 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Cover: +120 
 MIL 2 Over: 6 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Friday, May 16
 
    Brewers at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Pirates at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Rays at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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