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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7, Brewers 1

9/21/2011

CHICAGO -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, ending the home part of the 2011 season:

How it happened: Matt Garza had another solid performance as he picked up his ninth win of the season by going the distance. The Brewers' Nyjer Morgan lost a DJ LeMahieu fly in the sun, allowing two runs to score. Marlon Byrd's three-run home run in the sixth provided some breathing room.

What it means: The Cubs took 2 of 3 from Milwaukee, preventing the Brewers from clinching a playoff spot at Wrigley Field. Their Magic Number remains at three.

Outside the box: Starlin Castro had two hits in his first two at-bats, leaving him one shy of 200 on the season. Castro had said he had hoped to get his 200th hit in front of the home fans. His first-inning double extended his on-base streak to 34 games, tying him with Woody English of the 1929 Cubs for most times getting on base by a Cubs shortstop. Aramis Ramirez's agent told ESPNChicago.com that he told the Cubs they would test the free-agent market after the season. The Cubs finished 39-42 at home.

Next: Off Thursday. Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.63) vs. the St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Carpenter (10-9, 3.66) on Friday.