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Cubs sweep struggling Brewers

Sep 4, 2014 - 4:34 AM Chicago, IL ( - Chris Valaika hit a two-run homer in the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 win over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Cuba sensation Jorge Soler stayed hot, driving in a pair of runs for Chicago. Soler, who has hit safely in all seven games since making his major-league debut, has 10 RBI already and has only gone one game without driving in at least one run.

Fellow Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (6-1) improved to 5-0 over his last seven starts after yielding just two runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers combined to toss 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Hendricks was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August earlier in the day.

Milwaukee, which led the National League Central two weeks ago, has dropped eight straight games and 11 of 13 to fall three games back of the division- leading Cardinals. Matt Garza was the latest victim in his first game after missing a month on the disabled list.

Garza (7-8) gave up all six runs on eight hits, lasting just three innings in his first appearance since Aug. 3. The former Cub missed time with a left oblique strain.

"They found holes and they kept finding them," said Garza. "It's kind of been this trend we've been on. It's just one of those things. Keep grinding through it."

Logan Schafer plated Khris Davis in the top of the second inning for Milwaukee's first run, but it was all Chicago the rest of the way.

Valaika followed Logan Watkins' two-out single in the second with a no-doubter to left field.

"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit," Valaika said. "Something I could drive. I saw the slider well out of his hand, put a good swing on it and put us on the board."

The Cubs then sent nine batters to the plate in the third inning and pushed four more runs across.

Chris Coghlan led things off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Luis Valbuena's bloop single that confused Brewers shortstop Jean Segura. Soler made it 4-1 with a two-run double to left, and he scored on Welington Castillo's ground rule double. Watkins singled in Castillo with two outs, and the Cubs owned a 6-1 lead.

Valaika's error in the sixth allowed Lyle Overbay to score the second Brewers run.

Game Notes

The Cubs hadn't swept Milwaukee since Aug. 23-25, 2004 ... Chicago has won 12 of 18 ... Davis had three hits for Milwaukee ... The Brewers haven't lost eight in a row since a nine-game slide in May, 2010 ... Milwaukee has been outscored 55-16 during the losing streak.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Lyle Overbay reached first on Chris Valaika's fielding error, Gerardo Parra scored with one out. On the play, Khris Davis advances to second and Jonathan Lucroy advances to third. Bases loaded and Logan Schafer due up.

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  • Logan Watkins single to right scored Welington Castillo with two out. Logan Watkins to second on the throw. Chris Valaika due up.

    Brewers 1, Cubs 6  Bot 3, 2 OutsSep 3 9:07 PM

  • Welington Castillo ground-rule double to left scored Jorge Soler with one out. Runner on second and Arismendy Alcantara due up.

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  • Jorge Soler double to left scored Chris Coghlan and Luis Valbuena with one out. Runner on second and Welington Castillo due up.

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  • Chris Valaika two-out, two-run Home Run (3) to left scored Logan Watkins. Kyle Hendricks due up.

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  • Logan Schafer single to center scored Khris Davis with two out. Runner on first and Jean Segura due up.

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