Brewers top Cubs to take second in NL Central

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs are determined not to let Lyle Overbay beat them.

So, Damian Miller did it instead -- even though it took him a few
tries Wednesday night.

Overbay was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs
in the ninth, and Miller followed with a walk, giving the Milwaukee
Brewers their sixth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Cubs.

Overbay is 19-for-37 (.514) during an 11-game hitting streak.
The Cubs have walked him six times in the first two games of the
series, four times intentionally, to face Miller instead.

The moves have not rattled the veteran catcher.

"They'd be stupid not to," Miller said. "The guy is as hot as
they come."

Overbay was intentionally walked twice in Milwaukee's 4-1
victory Tuesday night, and Miller went 1-for-2 with a key RBI
double while following him.

With runners in scoring position each time Wednesday night,
Overbay was walked in his first three at-bats. Following Overbay
again, Miller failed each time.

He grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded in the first,
grounded into a double play in the fourth and lined out to second
in the sixth.

But in the ninth, he worked a 3-2 count off Roberto Novoa (0-1),
fouled off the sixth offering before taking the walk on an inside

"It was pretty close," Miller said. "I thought it was in, and
I thought the umpire made the right call."

Bill Hall, who has three consecutive three-hit games, doubled
with one out off Novoa. Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked and
Carlos Lee flied out to right, with Hall moving to third and
setting up the game-ending walks.

"You know, that kid (Novoa) had the best shot of getting those
guys out," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "And we were saving
Hawk (LaTroy Hawkins) in case we got the lead."

Derrick Turnbow (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth, stretching his
scoreless streak to 10 innings. He has not given up a hit in that
stretch, covering nine appearances.

"He's been lights-out for us," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost

The victory moved Milwaukee into sole possession of second place
in the NL Central. It is the latest the Brewers have been as high
as second place since May 23, 2001, when they spent two days tied
for second.

"It's all kind of coming together," Yost said.

Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead, its first of the game, on Brady
Clark's solo homer in the seventh.

Chicago tied it in the eighth. Derrek Lee extended his hitting
streak to 15 games with a single off reliever Julio Santana, stole
second and scored on Michael Barrett's single.

Each team loaded the bases in the first inning, but neither

The Brewers left the bases loaded again in the sixth. Chicago
stranded runners on first and second in the seventh, and Milwaukee
left runners on second and third in the eighth.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Todd Hollandsworth's
RBI single, scoring Aramis Ramirez.

The Brewers tied it in the bottom of the inning when Carlos Lee
doubled, moved to third during a double play and scored on a wild
pitch from Ryan Dempster.

The Cubs made it 2-1 in the sixth on Jeromy Burnitz's single,
scoring Ramirez.

Milwaukee tied it at 2 in the bottom of the inning when Hall
singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Carlos Lee's
second double of the game.

Dempster pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, six hits
and five walks while striking out six for Chicago.

Victor Santos also went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs -- one
earned -- and six hits, walking three while striking out six.

Game notes
Cubs RHP Joe Borowski pitched one inning Tuesday night for
Triple-A Iowa in a rehab outing. Baker said Borowski, out with a
fractured ulna, threw 11 pitches, and will throw again on Thursday.
... The Brewers' victories Sunday and Tuesday marked the first time
since 1995, when Milwaukee was in the AL, that the club had won its
first two games in May. They beat Baltimore on May 1 and May 3,
1995. ... Brewers pitchers are batting .056 (3-for-54) after
Wednesday night's game. ... Carlos Lee has four doubles in the
first two games of the series.