Brewers 9, Cubs 4

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Carlos Lee started and capped Milwaukee’s biggest inning of the season.

Lee hit two home runs, including a three-run shot during an eight-run second inning, and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Wednesday night.

“That’s nice to bounce back from our last two losses,” Lee said. “Eight runs in one inning. That was awesome.”

Lee added a solo shot in the seventh for his 19th homer. The NL leader with 64 RBIs has two multihomer games this season.

Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the second and knocked out Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano (4-4).

“It’s just a bad night,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “I doubt you’ll see that kind of outing again.”

The right-hander, who has just one win in his last eight starts, lasted a career-low 1 2-3 innings and gave up a career-high eight earned runs and seven hits.

“That happens,” Zambrano said. “Sooner or later in your career you are going to have a game like this. I’m not a perfect machine. I’m not a perfect pitcher.”

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis (9-6) won for the fifth time in seven starts and matched a career high with nine strikeouts. The left-hander allowed six hits, one walk and three earned runs in 6 2-3 innings as the Brewers won for just the fourth time in 13 games.

“He pitched great,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “Right from the beginning he was locked in. Keeping the ball down, making good pitches and changing speeds real well. He pitched extremely well.”

Davis also collected the first double, RBI and run of his career in the second.

“It’s nice to be able to help the offense for once,” Davis said.

Lee, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, led off the second with a single and scored the first run of the game on a bloop single to center field by Rickie Weeks. Davis, batting .069 on the season, hit a two-run double down the right-field line to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.

“At that point of the game, that was big,” Lee said. “That was the biggest hit of the game because it could’ve easily been a groundball double play.”

Brady Clark followed with a two-run single to right, and Lee’s three-run homer to left capped the outburst.

Davis allowed just one hit in the first five innings and retired 11 batters in a row before Chicago scored three times in the sixth.

“When Davis hit that ball down the line you start thinking that maybe it’s his night,” Baker said.

Reliever Richard Hill, who did not allow a hit and struck out six in 4 1-3 innings, singled with one out in the sixth for his first career hit. He scored on a two-out double by Neifi Perez, and Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez also added run-scoring doubles to cut the deficit to 8-3.


Six of Chicago’s eight hits were doubles. Lee has 33 RBIs in his last 33 games against Chicago. … Cubs 2B Jerry Hairston made a diving play on a groundball by Carlos Lee for the first out in the fifth and also made a nice play to end the inning. Geoff Jenkins hit a groundball off Derrek Lee’s glove that Hairston caught with his bare hand and then threw to Hill covering first base. … Jenkins struck out twice in the second inning. … The Brewers have outscored opponents 42-15 in the second. … Zambrano allowed a career-high nine hits in his last start against the New York Yankees.

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