The Milwaukee Brewers improved to 4-2 on their current eight-game homestand and won their third straight series Sunday, as Kyle Lohse shut out the Chicago Cubs on just three hits in a 9-0 win at Miller Park.
Scooter Gennett helped drive the offense with a home run and a pair of doubles and Lohse chipped in with the bat as well with a pair of RBI singles. The Brewers (34-23) opened an early lead against Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija (1-5) and chased him after a five-run third inning put Milwaukee up 8-0.
Lohse (7-1) lowered his ERA to 2.60 with the eighth shutout of his career, his first since Sept. 25 when he blanked the Atlanta Braves.
Lohse was jovial about his hitting after the game.
“Yeah, I’m trying to take the pinch-hitting spot away from [Yovani Gallardo],” Lohse told Fox Sports Wisconsin after the game.
Lohse has won seven straight decisions since a loss in his first start on April 1 and was remarkably efficient on Sunday, when he needed only 93 pitches to twirl his 11th career complete game. Of his 93 pitches, 61 were for strikes.
Junior Lake broke up the no-hitter early with a fourth-inning singles. The only other hits Lohse surrendered were a pair of hits in the seventh by Brian Schlitter and Nate Schierholtz—the only time the Cubs got a runner past first base all afternoon.
The Brewers, meanwhile, got off to a quick start, needing only four pitches from Samardzija to take a 2-0 lead. Jean Segura singled to lead off the inning and Ryan Braun turned around a fastball on the first pitch he saw for his ninth homer.
Milwaukee got on the board again in the second against the Cubs (20-34). Gennett led off with a double and with two outs, Lohse grounded a single up the middle to chase him home.
Then came the fireworks in the third.
Braun led off with a single and moved up on a walk to Jonathan Lucroy, Samardzija loaded the bases when he hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch and the first run of the frame scored when Khris Davis grounded into a 4-5-4 double play, with Darwin Barney stepping on second base for the force and then firing to Mike Olt for the tag play at third.
Gennett hit his second straight double to put runners on second and third and Mark Reynolds worked a walk to reload the bases. Lyle Overbay flared a ball down the left field line for a double, clearing the bases and going to third on the throw to the plate. Lohse followed with a line single just out of Schierholtz’s reach and an 8-0 Milwaukee lead.
Gennett put the Brewers’ final run of the day on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a line-drive home run to right field off reliever Justin Grimm. It was Gennett’s third homer of the season.
The Brewers open their four-game, home-and-home rivalry series with the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park on Monday at 6:20 p.m. Matt Garza (2-4, 4.84 ERA) takes on right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-4, 4.18 ERA) on the mound.