Rapid Reaction: Brewers 5, Cubs 1

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday:

How it happened: Cubs starter Randy Wells looked strong through two innings. The roof caved in on him in the third when he gave up four runs on five hits. The damage began with Shawn Marcum's double. Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan, Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks all had RBIs base hits to put Milwaukee up 4-0. Weeks' fielder's choice scored Morgan with the Brewers' fifth run in the fifth inning. Starlin Castro reached base for the 33rd straight game with his 10th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Castro established a new Cubs record of 336 hits to start a career in the first two seasons (Glen Beckert had 335 from 1965-66). Aramis Ramirez left the game in the seventh with a mild right quad strain. It's being called a day-to-day injury.

What it means: Wells gets one more start after taking his fifth loss on Tuesday. The Brewers have taken the first 10 of 15 games with the last game on Wednesday.

Outside the box: Special adviser to the general manager Gary Hughes resigned effective Oct. 31.

Next: The Cubs' season finale at Wrigley Field features Matt Garza (8-10, 3.51) going against left-hander Randy Wolf (13-9, 3.45) in a 1:20 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167