Cubs drop third straight, lose to Brewers

The Cubs managed only five hits en route to their third straight loss, this one at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on Tuesday night.

Carlos Zambrano suffered his first losing decision of the year, giving up three runs (all in the sixth inning) and seven hits in seven innings in a 4-1 defeat. Zambrano (2-1) was un-scored on through the first five innings and had allowed only two hits until the Brewers' sixth inning eruption. He struck out the side in the second inning.

As usual when he faces Cubs pitching, Carlos Lee played a big role in his team's victory. Lee hit an RBI double, as did former Cubs catcher Damian Miller, fittingly, to help erase a 1-0 Cub lead. (They were two of three doubles allowed by Zambrano in the inning.)

Henry Blanco's first home run of the season in the third inning gave the Cubs their only run. Afterward, the team managed just three base runners the rest of the night.

Chris Capuano (2-2) struck out six in seven innings for the victory. He allowed all five Cub hits. Zambrano, meanwhile, fanned a season-high 10 and walked four; the Cubs have lost three of the last four games he has started.

The Cubs (12-13) are now below .500 for the first time since April 23. With St. Louis' second straight win over Cincinnati, the Cubs are tied with Milwaukee for second place in the division, are five back of the first place Redbirds, and one game ahead of fourth place Houston.

Corey Patterson was ejected in the sixth inning by umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a blown call at first base. Patterson finished 0-for-3 after Davidson ruled the Cub center fielder was thrown out on a ground ball to second. He is 2-for-11 in the team's current three-game skid.

Derrek Lee added to his career-longest hitting streak, making it 14 straight games with a hit. Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-4 and has only one hit in is last 13 at-bats with a .228 season average.

Scheduled to pitch the second game of the series are Greg Maddux (1-1, 4.20) and Victor Santos (1-1, 3.25) beginning at 7:05 CDT Wednesday.

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