Fantasy Football 2014:

Brewers 5, Cubs 2

The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE - Right-hander Matt Garza easily handled his former team, working seven strong innings in the Milwaukee Brewers' 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs Friday night at Miller Park.

Garza (1-2) spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Cubs before he was traded to Texas last July. He then signed with Milwaukee over the winter.

He held the Cubs to two runs on four hits and a walk Friday and struck out seven to pick up his first victory of a season and first with the Brewers.

Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save of the season while he Brewers' offense did its part to back up Garza.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez and right fielder Ryan Braun each collected three hits while first baseman Lyle Overbay and catcher Jonathan Lucroy had two apiece.

Friday marked a homecoming for Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva, who spent his first five major league seasons with the Brewers.

Unlike Garza, Villanueva's reunion was far less enjoyable.

He gave up two runs in the first and another in the third before Overbay made it 4-1 Milwaukee in the fourth with his first home run of the season.

After five innings, Villanueva had given up five runs on 11 hits and a walk and gave way to right-hander Neil Ramirez, who was making his major league debut.

Ramirez, called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, worked a scoreless inning and fanned Braun for his first Major League strikeout.

The game featured two replays, both of which resulted in overturned calls.

In the third, first base umpire Kerwin Danley ruled Braun was late to first on a force play, but a 2-minute, 20-second replay showed that Braun was safe on the play.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria used his challenge in the eighth when Danley ruled that Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was safe at first on a grounder to second.

That replay took just 65 seconds and showed Segura was out.

NOTES: Milwaukee has won 23 of the last 28 meetings with the Cubs at Miller Park. ... Cubs manager moved SS Starlin Castro into the cleanup spot Friday for the first time this season and just the second time in his career. Castro has hits in 14 of his last 19 games.

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Aug 30 9:00 am
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