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Brewers Lose Again, Falling Off The NL-Central Lead

The Milwaukee Brewers lost  7-1 to the Chicago Cubs Tuesday and now have lost seven straight. With a win by the St. Louis Cardinals the Brewers now trail by 2-games in the NL-Central and only lead by a 1/2 game in the NL second wild card spot.

Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo gave up four first inning runs on his way to his eighth loss of the season. Gallardo started the opening inning with a strikeout, but then Cubs offense had three consecutive hits. The defense behind him didn't help the cause.

With the score 2-0 and one out, Gallardo would get a taylor-made ground ball that looked like would end the inning with a double play, but a fielding error by shortstop Elian Herrera allowed a run to score making it 3-0. Herrera had another chance at redemption to turn a double play to end the inning on the very next batter, but a throwing error to first made the score 4-0 and put Gallardo's pitch count over 30.

The errors in the first inning extended a seven game consecutive error streak that has started since the Padres series last Monday.

Milwaukee would get their lone run in the third inning when Ryan Braund singled home Scooter Gennett making the score 4-1. For the most part Cubs starter Jake Arrieta kept the powerful offense silent. Arrieta picked up his eighth win going the first six inning on five hits, one run and four strikeouts.

Aramis Ramirez was the only Brewer to record two or more hits.

That score would remain until the Cubs added their final three runs in the fifth inning off Gallardo. A run scoring double and solo home run put an end to Gallardo's night. Final stat line showed 8 hits, 7 runs/5 earned, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. The four strikeouts have tied him for the the Brewers all-time strikeout list with Ben Sheets.

Tom Gorzelanny, Brandon Kintzler and Alfredo Figaro came on in relief and kept the Cubs offense silent for the rest of the game.

Milwaukee looks to avoid back-to-back sweeps Wednesday in the finale. Matt Garza will be activated from the disabled list after missing a month. Garza (7-7, 3.58 ERA) will oppose Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.91 ERA). Hendricks finished the month of August 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA including an August 12th victory over the Brewers.

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