- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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How it happened: Ryan Dempster was owed a great deal by the baseball gods. The 35-year-old veteran was through five perfect innings before Cody Ransom led off the sixth inning with a single to center and the Cubs finally scored some early runs for their starter. Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run home run off of Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo in the first inning. The Cubs continued to add on runs, scoring in the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings. Bryan La Hair’s solo home run was his first since May 15.
What it means: The Cubs broke their longest road losing streak in franchise history (11 games, tied with the 1954 club.) Dempster ends his own personal losing streak going back to Aug. 16, 2011. He had not won a game in his previous 18 starts (0-9 with 9 no decisions). The Cubs are on pace for 108 losses after a third of the season.
Outside the box: Manager Dale Sveum met with shortstop Starlin Castro before Tuesday’s game and reassured the 22-year-old player that he was important to the team’s success and that he needed to pick up his play and take a leadership role on the field. The meeting came a day after Castro forgot how many outs there were during a double-play situation in San Francisco. Castro responded with three hits and plenty of attitude on defense despite a bad running play in the eighth inning.