Brewers 3, Cubs 1
Santos allowed just one run in 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time since beating Chicago on July 16, and the Brewers defeated the Cubs 3-1 Tuesday night.
“I’m tired of losing. It’s frustrating,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.
Santos (10-8), who had lost five straight starts, struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits. He gave up his only run in the second, when Sammy Sosa put the Cubs ahead with his 26th homer. Santos, who didn’t reach the fifth inning in his previous three starts, rebounded in the third to strike out Sosa with the bases loaded. Sosa has just eight hits in his last 51 at-bats, a .157 average.
“Once I got him to a full count, I just went after him with my fastball,” Santos said. “If he’s going to do some damage, it’s going to be against my best pitch.”
Santos improved to 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA against the Cubs this season. He is just 3-6 at home.
“His command was so much better today,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “He was throwing his fastball exactly where he wanted to.”
Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances, completing a seven-hitter.
“We had (Santos) on the ropes early,” Baker said. “He threw the ball good enough to beat us.”
Carlos Zambrano (11-7), who lost for the first time in four starts since July 24, gave up three runs—two earned—and five hits in six innings. Chicago, fighting for the NL wild card-berth, has lost four of its last five games and seven of 10.
“I made one mistake, and I lost the game,” Zambrano said.
“It started away on the corner,” Hall said. “Fortunately, enough of it sunk back over the good part of the plate.”
In the fourth, Geoff Jenkins hit an infield single and took second when Garciaparra made a high throw off the glove of first baseman Derrek Lee for an error. Garciaparra has nine errors this season, including three with the Cubs, who acquired him from Boston on July 31.
“It’s frustrating to see us make mistakes,” Baker said. “It’s frustrating to see them get two-out base hits.”
Jenkins advanced to third when Brady Clark reached on a fielding error by second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and scored on Craig Counsell’s sacrifice fly to center field. Clark, who was running on the play, appeared to have been thrown out by Corey Patterson as he returned to first base but was called safe.
Milwaukee optioned RHP Ben Hendrickson to Triple-A Indianapolis after the game and purchased the contract of RHP Travis Phelps from Indianapolis. … Kerry Wood began serving his five-game suspension on Tuesday and is eligible to return on Sunday. … The sellout crowd of 41,174 again was dominated by Chicago fans who made the drive up. … Chicago began a stretch of 13 straight games against the NL Central. … The Cubs have outscored opponents 73-34 in the second inning.