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Schwarber, Zobrist homer in Cubs' 7-4 win over Brewers

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Hilda Schwartz | 10 April, 2017, 02:35

"They'll (fans) be out in force", Maddon said. "They learn off their first at-bats".

NOTES: After claiming INF/OF Nick Franklin off waivers from Tampa earlier in the week, Milwaukee officially added him to its active roster Friday.

Aaron Altherr hit a two-run homer off Sammy Solis in the seventh to get the Phillies to 7-4 and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run shot off Blake Treinen in the ninth.

Despite a big night offensively, the Milwaukee Brewers didn't have anything positive going on the mound on Saturday and that cost them a winnable game.

But Maddon was careful not to declare Baez as his starting second baseman, similar to his days with the Rays when he said he never named a closer but used the same reliever in save situations. "He said he was all right, but I didn't feel good about it", Maddon said.

Joey Votto hit an RBI double off Mike Leake (0-1), who went eight innings. This probably shouldn't be surprising when you think about it-the modern game, amirite?-but I guess I wouldn't have thought that in the post-steroid era teams could score so much just going station to station.

Heyward wasn't in the lineup, but was available.

The Cubs also got a scare in that inning when second baseman Javy Baez had to leave the game after colliding with center fielder Jason Heyward as Baez went out and Heyward came in an attempt to reach a single by Hernan Perez.

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"You're seeing some stuff in the outfield that tells you the grass isn't happy", joked manager Craig Counsell.

For the record, Maddon said he plans to start Zobrist at second in Sunday's series finale.

This despite starting every postseason game at second a year ago, earning national celebrity on that stage, then repeating his flashy success during the World Baseball Classic this spring.

Arrieta locked in following Braun's homer.

But, where the lack of home runs before tonight has gone along with general offensive anemia, at least by Cubs standards-12 runs in the first four games, half of them on Thursday-tonight they scored 11 runs, nearly doubling their total on the year. Contreras' throw home to Montgomery was late, and the Brewers celebrated by mobbing Braun at the plate.

Milwaukee optioned LHP Brent Suter to Triple-A Colorado Springs following the game. He struck out seven of nine batters from the fourth through the sixth innings, including five straight bridging the fifth and sixth to douse any hopes of a Brewers comeback. He'll be facing off against Kyle Hendricks, who is making his 2017 regular season debut.

Shelby Miller (1-0) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings.

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