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Monday, September 19, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Brewers 2

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night at Wrigley Field.

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.

What’s next: The Cubs send Randy Wells (7-4, 4.93) vs. the Brewers Shaun Marcum (12-7, 3.40) on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.