Posted June 27, 2013 on AP on Fox
Matt Garza struck out 10 in seven solid innings and Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer, sending the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Garza (3-1) had his third consecutive strong outing. The right-hander allowed one run on eight hits and a walk while throwing 101 pitches. Garza, who can become a free agent after the season, is expected to be one of the top pitchers available on the trade market as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches. The Cubs broke the game open with four runs in the third, capped by Navarro's seventh homer. Milwaukee made a pair of errors and all the runs in the inning off Wily Peralta (5-9) were unearned. Garza spent the first seven weeks of the season on the disabled list with a left lat strain sustained in spring training. He was making his eighth start since returning on May 21, and has given up only two earned runs over 22 innings in his last three outings. Peralta gave up seven runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out two in five innings. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach base on singles in each of the first four innings, and three of those runners scored. Milwaukee's Juan Francisco homered for the third consecutive game, his ninth this year, but committed a costly error in the fourth that led to three unearned runs. For the second consecutive game, the Cubs took advantage of Milwaukee errors and fielding miscues. Ryan Sweeney singled leading off the second inning, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Brian Bogusevic, starting in left field for the second straight game in place of Alfonso Soriano, doubled down the left-field line to score Sweeney and make it 1-0. One out later, Darwin Barney's liner went off Peralta's glove for a single that scored Bogusevic. Starlin Castro led off the third with a single and stole second. One out later, Sweeney's liner to left went off the glove of Caleb Gindl for a two-base error, making it 3-0. Anthony Rizzo struck out for the second out. Bogusevic then hit a hard grounder to third, and Aramis Ramirez's throw to first was in time but went off Francisco's glove for the second error of the inning. Navarro followed by hitting the first pitch from Peralta down the right-field line for a three-run homer to make it 6-0. An error by second baseman Rickie Weeks in the fourth inning Wednesday night allowed two unearned runs to score in a 5-4 Cubs win over the Brewers. NOTES: Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has a stress fracture in his left leg and will be out four to six weeks. Soler was selected to the World Team for the All-Star Futures Game, but will be unable to play. He was batting .281 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 55 games for Class-A Daytona. ... The game began with the roof open, but when rain threatened it was closed in the fifth inning. ... Sean Halton made his major league debut with a pinch-hit single in the fifth for Milwaukee. He was recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game. ... Weeks extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Brewers SS Jean Segura ran his streak to 10 games.
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