Lucroy's 7 RBIs not enough as Brewers lose to Cubs

Associated Press Published: August 30, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — A career day from Jonathan Lucroy couldn't save the Milwaukee Brewers from a bullpen collapse.

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 Thursday that lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 12-11 win.

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.

"They put up great at-bats. I give credit to them," said Rodriguez. "Castro hit a ground ball that found a hole and you know the rest."

Rodriguez walked three in the ninth, giving Brewers pitchers a total of 11 in the game.

"Walks will get you," Lucroy said. "You got to make guys hit their way on. I think the walks beat us today for sure."

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.

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.

"Once we got the big lead and they came back we just didn't have the momentum," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke.

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 career high of seven RBIs he set 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.

The game capped a lopsided season series between the NL Central rivals that saw Milwaukee take 13 of 17 games. Cubs manager Dale Sveum was a coach for the Brewers before taking the reins in Chicago.

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. Marcum had to leave the game after throwing 85 pitches because of right calf cramping but the injury is not considered serious.

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