MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Marco Estrada got his first win in almost a year, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Chicago Cubs 5-2 at Miller Park Tuesday night. Estrada struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings, as he earned his first victory in 15 starts and 14 relief appearances dating back to August 23rd of last year. He gave up two hits and walked one, as his record improved to 1-5. John Axford got the final out in the ninth for his 19th save. Milwaukee was out-hit 4 to 3, but the Brewers made the most of their limited production. Cubs’ starter Chris Rusin retired his first nine batters in order before hitting Norichika Aoki with a pitch to start the fourth. And Aoki scored on a hard shot to the mound in which Corey Hart singled. The Brewers took a 5-0 lead into the ninth on a two-run double by Jonathan Lucroy, a run-scoring single from Carlos Gomez, and a wild pitch by Cubs’ reliever Alberto Cabrera. Chicago rallied in the ninth with a run-scoring single by Alfonso Soriano and a ground-out by Starlin Castro. But Axford came in and got Welington Castillo to ground out to end the game. Rusin lost his Major League debut, giving up one run in five innings with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Soriano had two of the Cubs’ four hits, as Chicago lost its third straight game. Milwaukee is now 9-3 against the Cubs this season. They’ll close out their three-game series at Miller Park this afternoon. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Cubs’ southpaw Travis Wood as the Brewers go for the series sweep. Coverage on WHBL begins at 12:35.
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