Rizzo, Soler drive in 2 as surging Cubs beat Brewers 6

The offense was led by Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler, who each drove in two runs.

FILE – In this September 27, 2014, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin speaks to the media before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee.

The entire collection of the Cubs’ young guns are continue to contribute as the season approaches mid-August and Chicago shoots for a postseason playoff appearance for the first time since 2008. Most of all, there was no letdown against a struggling team after sweeping four games from defending champion San Francisco. The Cubs are now -150 favorites with Dan Haren expected to make his second start for the Cubs.

Tyler Thornburg walked Rizzo with the bases loaded and hit Soler in the elbow to force in another run, putting the Cubs up 6-1. The 25-year-old has allowed more than two earned runs only once in 11 starts and recorded quality starts in six of his last seven outings.

Soler extended his hitting streak to 10, and the Cubs took advantage of three errors along with some wild pitching on the way to yet another win.

Haren retired the first eight hitters before Jungmann singled with two down in the third, boosting his average to.350.

Tonight they go up against Brewers righty Taylor Jungman, whom the Cubs defeated 4-1 back on July 31.

Haren was pulled two batters later, but still got the win – his first as a Cub and 150th of his career – as the Cubs bullpen shut the door the rest of the way. He had missed three games following a death in his family.

Martinez (12-4) struck out eight and walked one. James Russell worked the ninth for his first save in three chances, with closer Hector Rondon getting the night off.

Acquired from Atlanta in November, he has been limited to two games with the Cubs. He also made a highlight-reel catch in foul territory down the right field line in the ninth inning.

-INF Tommy La Stella was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

The Brewers and Cubs are back in action Wednesday night in game two of the three game set.

The sweep of the Brewers gave Chicago a 6-4 lead in the season series, but six of the 10 contests have been decided by one or two runs. Brewers right-hander Matt Garza faces his former team for the second time this month after taking the loss August. 1 in Milwaukee.


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