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Braun is batting.336 in his career against Chicago and his two-run blast helped Milwaukee stay three games behind Colorado for the NL's second wild-card spot. I know they scored all those runs, but their starting pitching - they're missing (injured Jimmy) Nelson now - but their starting pitching's good.

Hernan Perez homered and drove in five runs, and the Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 15-2 on Saturday.

Instead of going with rookie Brandon Woodruff on the hill, the Brewers made a decision to give Matt Garza another shot and it backfired.

Nelson was tied for the league lead with 29 starts this season, racking up a 12-6 record, 3.49 ERA and 199 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings.

Nelson hurt his shoulder on the bases Friday night against the Cubs, diving back into first in the top of the fifth after hitting a ball off the wall and thinking better of trying to stretch it into a double. At times this season, he was productive.

"The command wasn't there today", said Montgomery, who was 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his three previous starts. The left-hander was charged with four runs and two hits in two-plus innings while subbing for Jake Arrieta, who is out with a right hamstring strain.

In Garza's defense, the Brewer hitters didn't show up again.

"My biggest thing was to get the guys back in the dugout, get them swinging the bats", Anderson said. "It just kind of reminds us that we've really got to bring it against them". And if Arrieta were to miss his next turn in the rotation beyond next week and the Cubs line up Montgomery to pitch every fifth game, he would start the opening game of what could be a pivotal series against the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday, Sept. 21. With so many pitchers on rosters in the final month of the season, a competing team can mix-and-match as much as they'd like throughout the game in order to secure a victory.


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