How it happened: The Cubs played long ball in the first, third and ninth innings as they were able to salvage the final game of the series. Luis Valbuena went deep for his 12th of the year followed by a two-run shot by Nate Schierholtz two innings later. The Cubs added a run in the sixth on a bunt by pitcher Jake Arrieta which brought home Junior Lake. Brian Bogusevic hit a long pinch-hit home run to center in the ninth for the Cubs' final run. Arrieta was on his game after walking the lead-off man. He retired the next 11 batters before Aramis Ramirez singled on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth. That didn't faze Arrieta as he went seven innings giving up just three hits and the one walk, one of the hits left the yard as Carlos Gomez went deep out to center in the seventh.
What it means: The Cubs got the good Arrieta on Thursday as his control after the first batter was pinpoint. He kept the Brewers off-balance as he usually does when his stuff is on. He simply pounded the zone with strikes and only went to three balls on three hitters after his one walk. Arrieta has proven to have very good major league stuff and Thursday he showed again what he can do when he's not walking hitters. ... Logan Watkins, in a rare start at second base, was 3-for-3 before flying out deep to center in the eighth.
Outside the box: Catcher Welington Castillo left mid-game with right knee soreness. ... Before the contest manager Dale Sveum said he would try out reliever Pedro Strop in a closing situation by season's end. Strop pitched the eighth inning on Thursday. ... During the game general manager Jed Hoyer announced top prospect Javier Baez won't play in the Arizona Fall League as originally scheduled.
What's next: The Cubs return to Chicago to begin the final homestand of the year against playoff contending teams. First, they'll face the Atlanta Braves begininng at 1:20 p.m. CT Friday as Scott Baker (0-0, 0.82) will oppose Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.35).