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Brewers 9, Cubs 5

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W: Braden Looper (13-6)
L: Rich Harden (9-9)

HR: Aramis Ramirez (13)

MVP: Alcides Escobar (+.237)
LVP: Mitch Stetter (-.071)

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Tonight might be remembered as the night Alcides Escobar came into his own.

Escobar was the star of the night tonight, going 4-for-5 with a double and turning a fantastic double play in the eighth. All told, the Brewers racked up 13 hits and five walks, and despite leaving eight runners on base, took a 5-0 lead early and never really looked back tonight.

Braden Looper continued to be blessed with excellent run support, and picked up his 13th win despite allowing five earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just five innings. Four Brewer pitchers combined to pitch four scoreless innings and keep the Brewers out of a save situation.

At the plate, the Brewers' #1, 2 and 3 hitters (Felipe Lopez, Corey Hart and Ryan Braun) each picked up two hits. Every Brewer starter reached base safely in the game, with both Mike Cameron and Jason Kendall going 0-for-4 with a walk. Braden Looper hit an RBI single in the second inning.