CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs haven't had much success against the Brewers this season. With a wild comeback win on Thursday, Chicago at least got the last laugh against their NL Central rival.
Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee, but Alfonso Soriano's RBI single capped a three-run comeback in the ninth inning that lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Brewers 12-11.
The Cubs win capped a lopsided season series between the teams that saw Milwaukee take 13 of 17 games. Cubs manager Dale Sveum was a coach for the Brewers before taking the reins in Chicago.
"Anybody else need a nap?" Sveum asked after the 4-hour, 9-minute marathon.
In a seesaw game featuring a combined 15 extra-base hits, the Cubs led 3-0, trailed 9-3 and were still down 11-9 going into the ninth.
Starlin Castro hit an RBI single against Francisco Rodriguez (2-7), Anthony Rizzo tied it with his second double of the afternoon and Soriano won the game with his one-out drive off the center-field wall.
"Those young guys don't give up," Soriano said. "When we're losing like we're losing, a lot of games, you have to come the ballpark with energy. We try our best. We try to play hard and win games."
Lucroy tied his career high for RBIs and Rickie Weeks had five hits. Ryan Braun and Cody Ransom also homered for Milwaukee, which had won eight straight against the Cubs.
"To put up runs like we did and then give it all away, it's kind of tough to be a part of," Lucroy said. "Fun game offensively, but defensively didn't cut it."
Ransom led off the seventh with a go-ahead solo shot to center off Blake Parker after Chicago rallied to tie the game with a six-run sixth.
Lucroy's third-inning shot landed on Waveland Avenue, erasing the Cubs' early 3-0 lead. Lucroy also stroked a two-run single in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth, matching the seven RBIs he had May 20 against Minnesota.
Braun's league-leading 36th homer was even more impressive, clearing the batter's eye beyond the ivy in center field and nearly hitting the camera booth.
"Once we got the big lead and they came back we just didn't have the momentum," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Shaun Marcum was making his second start after missing two months because of elbow soreness. He allowed three runs, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out four.