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Gallardo, clutch hits lead Brewers past Cubs

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The top and bottom of the National League Central Division hooked up in the first of a four game series at Wrigley Field and the Milwaukee Brewers sank the Chicago Cubs further into the basement with a 3-1 victory.  Yovani Gallardo bounced back from a rough outing against San Francisco last week by pitching seven strong innings, allowing a run on six hits with six strikeouts.  He improved to 7-6 on the season and is now 9-3 lifetime against the Cubs.  Francisco Rodriguez finished up the ninth for his major league leading 36th save.    The Brewers scored first when Mark Reynolds launched his 20th home run with two outs in the second against Jake Arietta.  Chicago got even with a run in the 5th on three hits as a rain shower moved through.  Arietta settled down and retired 13 straight Brewers until Milwaukee pushed in front in the 7th.  Ryan Braun was thrown out at the plate on a double off the wall by Aramis Ramirez but with two outs, Khris Davis doubled home Ramirez for a 2-1 lead.   Will Smith pitched a perfect 8th and Scooter Gennett provided insurance with a two out RBI in the top of the 9th. The Brewers (66-53) now lead the division race by two and a half games over second place Pittsburgh, an 11-6 winner over Detroit.  St. Louis dropped to third, three games back after falling in Miami 6-5.  The Cubs tand at 50-67, 15 games off the pace.  Wily Peralta will go for his league leading 15th victory Tuesday night against rookie Kyle Hendricks.  Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 PM on WTAQ.

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