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Recap: Brewers 2, Cubs 4
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 18, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - Marco Estrada's struggles and a punchless offense doomed the Brewers.

Travis Wood pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and the Chicago Cubs got home runs from Welington Castillo and Mike Olt in a 4-2 victory over the Brewers on Sunday.

Estrada (3-2) went five innings, giving up four runs and seven hits: five doubles and two homers. In nine games this season, Estrada has served up 12 home runs, second most in the majors.

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Estrada said he didn't have a feel for his pitches, especially his changeup, which he left up on Castillo's two-run shot in the second that gave the Cubs an early 2-0 lead.

The Cubs extended their lead to 3-0 in the third after Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena hit back-to-back doubles with two outs.

Olt hit his team-leading ninth homer in the fourth to make it 4-0.

'I was terrible. Plain and simple, terrible,' Estrada said. 'I got to figure things out. My off-speed pitches haven't been there and that's what's letting me down. Plain and simple, it's just a bad pitched game. I didn't even give the guys a chance.'

The Brewers looked ready to pounce on Wood in the first inning, when the left-hander's command was off. Milwaukee loaded the bases with three walks before Khris Davis swung at the first pitch and grounded out to end the threat.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke didn't have a problem with Davis swinging away because Wood was clearly trying to get ahead after three walks and a mound visit from Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. Roenicke was more bothered by his team's inability to capitalize on an early scoring chance.

'The first inning or two, when you have a pitcher in trouble, you need to get to them early,' Roenicke said. 'That's what happened with us (Saturday). They get some people on base, they got some big hits in that first inning, they scored the runs and that's all they needed. So when you get those opportunities early, you need to do something. We didn't get the big hit there.'

Wood (4-4) allowed two runs and struck out seven and the Cubs took two of three from the NL Central leaders to win a series for the second time this season.

'He attacked hitters, but his cutter was probably working well, he was locating down and away from what I could tell,' Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. 'When he locates down into the corners, he's really, really effective.'

The Brewers got their first hit on Logan Schafer's one-out double against Wood in the fifth. Two batters later, Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Brewers had been scoreless for 20 straight innings, since the second inning on Friday, and struck out 39 times in the three-game series.

'I don't like the free swinging, but that's just our personality,' Roenicke said. 'I would much prefer our guys be patient, get a pitch you want to hit, that's ideal. We don't have a lineup like that. Strikeouts go along with that. It's not something we teach and it's not something I like, but that's the personality we have.'

Hector Rondon earned his fifth save in five chances after allowing a leadoff double to Ryan Braun in the ninth for Milwaukee's third hit. The Brewers, who began the day with the NL's best record, have scored 11 runs in five games.

NOTES: Brewers OF Carlos Gomez missed the game due to a stomach ailment. He was scratched from the lineup Saturday due to lower back tightness. Gomez said his back was fine Sunday. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (left hamstring) said he will do some light jogging Monday or Tuesday. He went on the disabled list Tuesday. ... Brewers RHP Jim Henderson (right shoulder inflammation) threw about 25 pitches in a bullpen session and reported no pain. He said he'll throw a bullpen Tuesday or Wednesday and then possibly go on a rehab assignment. ... Brewers RHP Wily Peralta (4-2, 2.05 ERA) will start against Atlanta on Monday. The Cubs have Monday off before beginning a two-game series at home against the New York Yankees.

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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
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GAME 3
Brewers at Cubs
Sun, May 18 Final 2 to 4
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  -120   +125   8.5 
 CHC  +110   -145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  -128   +140   9 
 CHC  +118   -160   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIL  85%   22%   24% 
 CHC  15%   78%   76% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 17, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 0 Under: 3 
 CHC 3 Cover: +110 
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 May 16, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 MIL 4 Cover: +112 
 CHC 3 Over: 7 
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 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
 Sunday, May 18
 
    Pirates at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Indians
1:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Reds at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Orioles at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Pirates at Yankees
4:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Red Sox
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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