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Brewers Return Home, Resume Winning With 5-2 Victory Over Cubs

W: Randy Wolf (11-8)
L: Rodrigo Lopez (4-5)
S: John Axford (38)

HR: George Kottaras (3), Starlin Castro (8)

MVP: Ryan Braun (+.251)
LVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (-.126)

Home, sweet home.

The Brewers fell behind immediately in tonight's game as Starlin Castro led off the game with a home run, and dropped another run in the third on a Jeff Baker double. Having given the Cubs a suitable cushion, though, they turned it on in the fourth and scored five unanswered runs en route to a homestand-opening victory.

Randy Wolf was pretty good tonight, allowing just three other hits after the leadoff homer. All told he allowed two runs (one earned) over 6.2 innings, walking two and striking out three. Takashi Saito , Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford took it from there.

Ryan Braun came to the plate four times tonight and reached in all four opportunities, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Three runs scored in the fifth when he doubled off the top of the wall to plate Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan, then took home on a throwing error.

The Cardinals beat the Pirates tonight, so the Brewer division lead remains at 9.5 games. Their magic number improves to 21, though, and the Cubs' elimination number is down to nine.