- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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How it happened: Geovany Soto had a two-homer evening for the Cubs, hitting his 16th home run in the third inning and his 17th in the sixth. Both were two-run homers. Soto also had an RBI single in the fourth inning. Right-hander Casey Coleman allowed just two hits over six innings, walking two and striking out a career-high eight. Naperville native Jerry Hairston got the scoring going for the Brewers in the first inning, hitting his first home run as a Brewer. The home run snapped an 0-for-18 for Hairston.
What it means: Milwaukee’s magic number to clinch the NL Central remains at four with their loss to the Cubs and St. Louis’s 4-3 win over Philadelphia. Soto has three career two-homer games, all against Milwaukee.
Outside the box:Shortstop Starlin Castro has reached base 32 games in a row and is the first Cub to do that since Derrek Lee in 2007. The Cubs recalled catcher Steve Clevenger and pitcher Rafael Doliz from Double-A Tennessee after the Smokies were eliminated 3-1 in their playoff series. Quade said he’d implement the two young players as he sees fit. Clevenger may get a start in San Diego during the last series of the season.
Rapid Reaction: Geovany Soto had a pair of two-run homers in the Cubs' win.