There’s nothing like a division win to start off a home series.

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the bitter rival Chicago Cubs 3-2 to keep pace in the NL Central race, slightly over 2 months from the end. They began a stretch of 18 games against division opponents on an upswing, hoping to have a clearer picture of the division race by the time it is over.

After a pitchers’ weekend in San Francisco, the pace changed in Milwaukee as starter Chris Narveson had to fight out of 5 full innings. All the damage in the game came in the 1st inning, with a 2-run home run staking the Cubs up early, while the Brewers put up 3 runs in the bottom half of the 1st. The Crew disappeared after that, but it was enough to hold on for the win.

Believe it or not, Yuniesky Betancourt added a hit to get to an 8-game hitting streak. It’s a unique experience for the fans to see him suddenly helping the team. The majority of the work today came from the bullpen. Kameron Loe, LaTroy Hawkins and Francisco Rodriguez all threw an inning to set up John Axford for his 28th save of the year. The bullpen allowed only 1 hit the rest of the game, and Loe actually came into the game in the 6th with zero outs and bases loaded and clawed his way out of it.

Zack Greinke will take the mound tomorrow against long time Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Milwaukee has only had one big scoring outburst in the last week and needs to find a way to dominate tomorrow.

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