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Brewers Lose To Cubs 5-4 In Ten Innings, Blow Chance To Rebuild NL Central Lead

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Marco Estrada reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Aramis Ramirez to tie the game in the eighth.
Marco Estrada reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Aramis Ramirez to tie the game in the eighth.

W: Jeff Samardzija (5-2)
L: Tim Dillard (1-1)

HR: Geovany Soto (5), Aramis Ramirez (5)

MVP: Yovani Gallardo (+.323)
LVP: Marco Estrada (-.471)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting

And now the Brewers are back to being the team that can't win on the road.

Yovani Gallardo looked like the pitcher we all remember tonight, holding the Cubs to a run on just three hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out ten. It was the eleventh double digit strikeout game of his career, but his first in 2011. Gallardo has now posted a 1.90 ERA in his last nine starts.

Unfortunately, the Brewer bullpen became the story once again tonight. Marco Estrada relieved Gallardo and recorded just one out while allowing four runs to score as the Cubs tied the game in the eighth. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth, but Tim Dillard allowed the winning run in the tenth.

Meanwhile, the Brewers reached base 17 times in the game on eleven hits and six walks, but managed to push across just four runs. Rickie Weeks and Nyjer Morgan batted first and second tonight and reached base a combined five times, with Weeks getting the Brewers' only extra base hit (an RBI double in the eighth).

And here's tonight's best news: The Nationals beat the Cardinals 8-6 tonight, so the Brewers didn't lose any ground in the division. The two teams remain tied for first place.