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MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks had two home runs and Kyle Lohse posted his fifth consecutive quality start as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-3 on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Weeks hit his seventh and eighth home runs of the season in the sixth and seventh innings. He also doubled while going 3-for-4 with four RBI, scored three runs and extended a monthlong hot streak after being mired in a slump.

Weeks was hitting .167 after going 0-for-1 on May 21 but has been on a tear since, batting .373 with five home runs and nine RBI in 21 games since.

Milwaukee's Juan Francisco had a big day as well, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk and three runs scored.

Lohse (3-6) won his second consecutive decision, going seven innings and allowing three runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and a home run.

In his last five starts, Lohse is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (3-10) got off to a good start but became unraveled in the fifth. His night ended after giving up six runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout, a wild pitch and a hit batter.

Francisco homered in the second, giving Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. It was his seventh of the season but his first since joining the Brewers on June 3.

Chicago went ahead on Nate Schierholtz's three-run, third-inning blast, his career-high 11th home run of the season.

The Brewers scored five runs in the fifth. Weeks' RBI double to center made it a 3-2 game. Caleb Gindl tied the score at 3 with a single to right center. After a two-out walk to Norichika Aoki, Juan Segura put Milwaukee ahead 4-3 with a base hit to center and Jonathan Lucroy drove in two more with his single to left, bringing Jackson's outing to a close.

Hector Rondon struck out Aramis Ramirez to end the inning.

NOTES: The Cubs designated RHP Carlos Marmol for assignment on Tuesday and called up OF Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Iowa. Marmol was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances this season. ... Chicago also gave INF Ian Stewart, who had also been with Iowa all season, his unconditional release. ... Milwaukee got bad news regarding several injured players. Ryan Braun, on the disabled list since June 10 with a sore right hand, will undergo weekly testing before a timetable for his return can be established; RHP Marco Estrada will miss his next rehabilitation assignment and be limited to bullpen sessions until his injured left knee progresses. OF Corey Hart will seek a second opinion for an ailing left knee. Hart underwent surgery on his right knee in January and recently experienced discomfort in the opposite leg. ... Brewers CF Carlos Gomez did not play Tuesday after spraining his left shoulder Sunday against Atlanta but will take batting practice Wednesday and could return this weekend, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

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