Matt Garza picked up his first win as a Milwaukee Brewer with help from the offense providing enough run support in the 5-2 win Friday.
Garza pitched seven solid innings for the Brewers eighteenth quality start of the season. The final stat line was seven innings, four hits, one run and seven strikeouts.
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After Garza exited, Zach Duke picked up his third hold of the season pitching a scoreless eighth with three strikeouts.
Duke gave up a leadoff hit before striking out the side then gave way to Francisco Rodriquez to record his tenth consecutive save.
Offensively, the Brewers pounded out twelve hits, the most in any of Garza’s starts. The scoring got started right in the opening inning. Carlos Gomez singled to lead off the game, stole second, and then came around on a double by Scooter Gennett on a ball that should have been caught by Cubs left fielder Junior Lake. With the score 1-0 Ryan Braun then connected on a single bringing home Gennett to make the score 2-0. The run batted in was Braun’s eighteenth of the year.
The Cubs got one run back in the top of the third inning, but the Brewers responded with one of their own. Jonathan Lucroy singled home Gomez to make score 3-1, until the next inning when Lyle Overbay hit his first home run of the year to left center.
The final offensive run for the Brewers came in the fifth inning, when Aramis Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Braun making score 5-1. That run batted in was the seventeenth by Ramirez.
The Cubs pushed one run across late in the game, but the wind had already left their sails.
Gomez and Braun led the hitting attack with three hits each and Lucroy and Overbay added two hits apiece.
Game two Saturday will be Marco Estrada versus Travis Wood. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10PM.