MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shaun Marcum pitched seven strong innings and Edwin Maysonet hit his first career grand slam Saturday, May 12th to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 8-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It was the second straight win for the Brewers, who beat the Cubs in 13 innings Friday, May 11th in a 5-hour game that ended just past midnight. Saturday’s start remained at noon because it was a nationally televised game.
Marcum (2-1) gave up just one run on three hits and had six strikeouts. After giving up a run in the first he did not allow a runner past second, retiring 10 of the last 11 he faced.
Chris Volstad (0-5) pitched six innings for the Cubs, giving up six runs on nine hits. It was the 18th straight start that Volstad did not record a victory. His last win was July 17, 2011, for Florida.
The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when David DeJesus scored on Starlin Castro’s double-play groundout.
The Brewers tied it in the bottom half as Nyjer Morgan came home when Ryan Braun got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second base.
Milwaukee broke the game open in the sixth inning. Jonathan Lucroy, who led off with a double, scored on Aramis Ramirez’s fielder’s choice. Corey Hart doubled to the left field wall and the Cubs walked Travis Ishikawa to load the bases.
Maysonet then hit the second pitch from Volstad into the second level in left field for this first home run of the season and just the second of his career. His first homer came for Houston in May 2009 against Pittsburgh.
Maysonet was in the lineup because Brewers starting second baseman Rickie Weeks was resting his sore wrist. Weeks was hit on the left wrist in the 13th inning Friday. X-rays were negative and Weeks is listed as day to day.
Tony Campana’s RBI double in the eighth inning cut it to 6-2 for the Cubs, but Norichika Aoki’s suicide squeeze and Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning pushed the Brewers ahead 8-2.