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Fifth Inning Offensive Explosion Powers Brewers Over Cubs

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Mark Rogers finally got his first Major League victory Monday night, when the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Chicago Cubs 9-5 at Miller Park. Rogers had a lead in three of his four starts since replacing the departed Zack Greinke in late July. The bullpen blew those leads, but they didn’t let it happen this time. The Brewers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez hit back-to-back homers. Lucroy homered twice on the night – and his three-run blast in the fifth gave him four R-B-I’s. Corey Hart also drove in a pair for the Crew. Rogers went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. The win improved his record to 1-1. Justin Germano was tagged for seven runs in four and two-thirds innings. The loss dropped him to 2-3. Josh Vitters belted his first career homer for the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo had two hits, including an R-B-I ground-rule double, as the Cubs lost their fourth game in their last five. Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney extended his errorless streak to a team-record 106 games. Milwaukee improved to 6-2 over the Cubs at Miller Park this season – and the Crew is now 3-2 on its current home-stand. The Brewers are virtually locked into fourth place in the National League Central, 10 games behind third-place Saint Louis and now eight ahead of the fifth-place Cubs. Milwaukee and Chicago will face each other again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Marco Estrada will face Cubs’ left-hander Chris Rusin, who will make his big league debut.  Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:35.

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