Milwaukee's best gave the Cubs their fifth straight "hangover" on Thursday, beating LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth inning for a 6-5 walk-off win and series sweep at Miller Park.

The Cubs never led throughout the afternoon. Starter Greg Maddux allowed three runs in his first three innings for another no-decision. He went six innings, gave up four runs overall and eight hits, striking out five and walking three. It was the fourth consecutive start that Maddux went six innings or more.

Ronny Cedeno, Michael Barrett and Aramis Ramirez all homered in the loss. Cedeno's homer was the first of his major league career; Barrett and Ramirez each hit game-tying shots in the sixth and ninth inning's, respectively.

Trailing 5-4 in the ninth, Ramirez launched a two-out solo home run to left-center. Derrek Lee then followed with a double to extend his hitting streak to 16 games but was left stranded after Jeromy Burnitz grounded out. Earlier in the game, Burnitz singled to extend his hitting streak to six games.

In the bottom of the inning, Hawkins (1-2) gave up an infield hit to Brady Clark to get the Brewer rally started, and two batters later, he struck out Geoff Jenkins with Clark on second for the second out. A previously 0-for-4 Carlos Lee then stepped in and delivered a Texas league single over the head of Jerry Hairston in shallow right center to score Clark and give the Brewers the victory, their seventh in a row.

Hawkins had allowed just one hit in his last three outings prior to Thursday. Mike Remlinger pitched a scoreless inning in relief, while Michael Wuertz gave up a go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to Chad Moeller, erasing Ben Grieve's game-tying pinch-hit RBI single earlier in the inning.

Todd Hollandsworth was ejected just moments before Grieve's single, the result of arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Rob Drake.

The Cubs (12-15) are losers of five straight and will host the Phillies beginning Friday at 2:20 CDT. The Cubs are now 4-6 in one-run games this season.


Inside The Ivy erroneously reported last Friday following the team's 3-2 win over Houston that the Cubs were 8-2 in games decided by one run. While we take full responsibility for the misprint, we acknowledge the statistic originated from the Cubs' media relations department. Information from the Cubs' media relations staff is used in numerous game stories by numerous online and print publications, including ITI. We apologize for the error.

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