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Brewers rout Cubs 9-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm •  Published: June 1, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Lohse had the Chicago Cubs hitting harmless groundballs early in counts.

He threw in the occasional fastball to keep batters off balance.

The Cubs struggled at the plate with the Milwaukee Brewers veteran locked in with his slider and sinker.

Lohse allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout, and Ryan Braun had a two-run homer in the first inning of a 9-0 rout against the Cubs on Sunday.

Milwaukee pounded Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija (1-5) for eight earned runs in three innings, raising his ERA from 1.68 to 2.54.

"I figured it would be low-scoring on both ends. I knew Kyle had a good chance of keeping them down and I didn't expect to get a lot of runs off Samardzija. Great offense," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Braun homered to left on the first pitch he saw from Samardzija, and the Brewers rolled from there with Samardzija having trouble locating his fastball. Lyle Overbay broke the game open with a three-run double in the third.

Even Lohse had success at the plate with an RBI single to drive in Overbay to make it 8-0 for the pitcher's second run-scoring hit of the game. Lohse (7-1) needed just 93 pitches in tossing his eighth career shutout.

"It's fun to go out there and help out, add on, but that's not my main job," Lohse said about his 2 for 3 day with the bat. "My main job was to go out there and get us deep in the game, and I take a little more pride in that."

With Lohse's pitch count at just 83 pitches after eight innings, Roenicke wasn't even thinking about pulling the veteran.

"I didn't even go talk to him. When you see that kind of game and the pitch count that low, it's impressive," the skipper said.

One of the few highlights for Chicago was Brian Schlitter's single to lead off the seventh for the reliever's first major league hit.

Otherwise it was a frustrating day for the last-place Cubs. They lost their 14th straight series on the road, a streak dating to last September.

Samardzija's "command wasn't the best today, but it was just one of those days for him," manager Rick Renteria said. "I think very rare."

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