By Matt Abbatacola-
CHICAGO (CBS) Kosuke Fukudome had a huge day as the Cubs beat Milwaukee 12-7 to take three out of four from their division rivals and win their first series since May 26th. The right-fielder went 3-for-5 with a triple, a 3-run homer, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Abel Osundairo, One Of Two Brothers Who Said He Was Paid To Help Stage Attack, Says Smollett 'Wanted Me To Fake Beat Him Up'
In the first inning with Nyjer Morgan on first after beating out an infield grounder, Ryan Braun took the first pitch he saw from Matt Garza deep into the left-field bleachers for his 15th homer on the season giving Milwaukee an early 2-0 lead. The Cubs immediately answered in their half of the first as Kosuke Fukudome led-off with a single to center and Starlin Castro drove him home with a double to the left-field corner. Castro advanced to third on a Blake DeWitt fly-out to right. After Aramis Ramirez struck out, Carlos Pena came to the plate. During Pena’s at-bat, catcher, George Kottaras, couldn’t handle a Zach Greinke pitch and Castro scored on the passed ball tying the game at two.
After a lead-off walk by Corey Hart in the second, Kottaras quickly made up for the passed ball as he took an 0-1 pitch from Garza to the right-field bleachers giving Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.
Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto led-off the second with back-to-back singles putting runners at first and third with no outs. Tony Campana and Garza struck out swinging bringing up Fukudome with two outs. Soriano scored from third on a Greinke wild-pitch making it 4-3. Fukudome then drove a ball down the first base line deep into the corner for a triple as Soto scored from second after advancing from first on the wild pitch tying the game at four. Castro walked and DeWitt reached on a Weeks’ error scoring Fukudome to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead after two innings of play.
The Brewers tied the game at five in the third after Braun reached on a fielder’s choice and Casey McGehee drove him home with a double to center.
The Cubs regained the lead in the third on a solo homer from Carlos Pena, his tenth on the season.READ MORE: 'They Want To Keep Me Around': After Devastating Fire, Area Businesses Host Fundraiser For Oak Park Salon
In the sixth inning, the Cubs would add to their one-run lead. Soto and Campana singled and Fukudome hit his third homer of the season to give the Cubs the 9-5 lead.
Sean Marshall came on in relief of Garza who threw 99 pitches over six innings while striking out three and giving up five runs.
In back-to-back at-bats, Brewers lead-off hitter, Rickie Weeks, was thrown out at second by Fukudome trying to stretch singles into a doubles … neither play was close.
In the seventh, Soriano hit a 2-run homer after Pena’s lead-off double. It was Soriano’s 13th on the season and gave the Cubs an 11-5 lead.
The Cubs continued to extend their lead in the eighth as Ramirez drove home pinch-hitter, Lou Montanez, who reached on a fielder’s choice. The run scoring double gave the Cubs a 12-5 advantage.MORE NEWS: Police Body Cam Video Shows Traffic Stop Of MSNBC Freelancer Suspected Of Following Kyle Rittenhouse Jury Bus
In the ninth, Mike Quade called on veteran lefty pitcher, John Grabow, to close out the game. Milwaukee added two runs before Grabow got yesterday’s hero, Rickie Weeks, to ground into a game ending double play.