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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy set a major-league record for doubles in a season by a catcher, and Francisco Rodriguez moved into 10th place on baseball’s career saves list in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Wily Peralta (17-11) struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, allowing five hits and one walk in 109 pitches. Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 348th career save, and 44th this year, to move ahead of Randy Myers.

Lucroy’s double off Tsuyoshi Wada (4-4) in the fifth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the All-Star his 46th double as a catcher, topping the 45 hit by Texas’ Ivan Rodriguez in 1996. Lucroy has 53 doubles this year, tying the Brewers’ franchise record. Seven were hit when he played first base.

Rodriguez, who can become a free agent after the season, was signed during last offseason to set up Jim Henderson. Henderson, bothered by inflammation in his right shoulder, was removed from the closer’s role on opening day and pitched only 11 1/3 innings.

Rodriguez has converted all but five save opportunities in 69 games.

Wada allowed two runs, eight hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out four.

Milwaukee (82-79), with one game left against the Cubs on Sunday, is assured of finishing the season with a winning record.

Before the game, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said general manager Doug Melvin would return next season. However, Attanasio added that the status of manager Ron Roenicke and the coaching staff hasn’t been decided.

Carlos Gomez hit his 23rd homer and doubled.

The Cubs scored their only run on an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo in the third inning.

Lucroy’s double scored Gomez from second and gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

Arismendy Alcantara tripled with one out in the seventh, but Peralta struck out Ryan Kalish and pinch-hitter Logan Watkins to end the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Roenicke said he didn’t bring up nagging injuries by many of his key players as the team faded in the final weeks. “You don’t know if anybody really wants to hear that,” he said.

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