CHICAGO, IL (WHBL) - Yovani Gallardo won his sixth consecutive start Tuesday night, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Chicago Cubs 4-1 at Wrigley Field. Jeff Bianchi hit his first career homer, a three-run blast in the second inning which gave Milwaukee its seventh straight victory over the Cubs. Gallardo struck out nine in seven innings, giving up a run on three hits with three walks. All told, Milwaukee pitchers struck out 15 Cubs – and it extended the Brewers’ streak of games with 10-or-more K’s to eight. It’s the longest streak of its kind in the big leagues since 1900. And it breaks the previous modern-day record of six games with 10 K’s or more, held by the Chicago Cubs in 2006-and-’08, and the 1990 New York Mets. Gallardo’s only mistake was a solo homer to Cubs’ starter Travis Wood, who lost his eighth straight decision and fell to 4-11 on the year. Francisco Rodriguez tossed a perfect eighth inning, and John Axford set down the Cubs in order in the ninth to earn his 21st save. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke allowed Bianchi to swing on a 3-and-0 count in just his 20th big league at-bat – and he belted a letter-high fastball from Wood over the wall in left. The Crew scored its other run in the eighth, when Rickie Weeks got caught in a rundown just long enough for Norichika Aoki to score from third. Aoki doubled and singled in four trips, as the Brewers improved to 4-1 on their seven-game road trip. The Cubs will host the Crew again tonight. Rookie right-hander Mike Fiers will face Cubs’ right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:30.
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