Geoff Jenkins and Gabe Gross hit consecutive homers today as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the visiting Chicagom Cubs 9-to-4.
Milwaukee avoided a three-game sweep by the Cubs, who return to Wrigley Field for their home opener against Houston tomorrow.
The Cubs tried to rally in the eighth after Brewers reliever Derrick Turnbow hit Derrek Lee with a pitch, then gave up a single to Aramis Ramirez that left runners on first and second with none out. But Turnbow struck out Mark DeRosa, got Michael Barrett to line out to left field and struck out pinch-hitter Daryle Ward.
Craig Counsell delievered a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the eighth to make it 9-to-4.
The Cubs' Wade Miller entered the game with a 6-and-oh record at Miller Park and an 11-and-1 mark against Milwaukee. But he wasn't able to muster the mid-90s fastball and baffling slider that gave the Brewers fits when he was with Houston, and he was knocked out of the game in the fifth.