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Braun homers as Brewers beat Cubs 2-0
Saturday Sep 09, 2017 12:00am

Braun homers as Brewers beat Cubs 2-0
(CHICAGO) - As proud as he was to reach an individual milestone, Ryan Braun focused more on the big picture: a playoff spot for the Brewers. Braun hit his 300th homer, Jimmy Nelson combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 in the first regular-season Friday night game at Wrigley Field. He is the first Milwaukee player to hit 300 home runs. Braun hit a two-run drive in the first inning against John Lackey. Nelson pitched four-hit ball over five innings before leaving because of a jammed right shoulder, and the Brewers opened the weekend series on a winning note after dropping four of five. Milwaukee pulled to within four games of Chicago for the NL Central lead and remained tied with St. Louis. The Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 4-1. Nelson (12-6) struck out seven and walked two while winning his third straight start. He singled off the left-field wall in the fifth and hurt his shoulder diving back to first after rounding the base. Lackey (11-11) settled down after Braun connected, holding the Brewers to two runs and four hits over seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two, but Chicago came up short in what was originally scheduled as a day game.

Washington 11 – Philadelphia 10
NY Mets 5 – Cincinnati 1
Miami 7 – Atlanta 1
St. Louis 4 – Pittsburgh 1
San Diego 10 – Arizona 6
Colorado 5 – LA Dodgers 4

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