Series: Game 2 of 3

Milwaukee leads 2-0 (as of 7/6)

Game 1: Monday, July 5
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 6
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 7
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Cubs 2

(46-37, 21-21 away)

Brewers 4

(43-38, 23-17 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 6, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: V. Santos (8-3)

    L: M. Prior (2-2)

    S: D. Kolb (26)

    Santos has won six of seven games

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Keith Ginter hit a two-run homer and Victor Santos won for the sixth time in seven starts as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Tuesday night.

    Santos (8-3) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Brewers hit the season's halfway point at 43-38, their first winning record at the 81-game mark since 1998.

    Cubs third baseman Brendan Harris made his major league debut, committing a costly error that led to a four-run first inning but also making several nice plays and driving in a run with a double.

    In the first, Harris fielded Craig Counsell's bunt and overthrew first base, allowing Scott Podsednik to score from second. Harris made nice plays on the next two hitters, chasing down Geoff Jenkins' foul popup and making a diving stab to rob Lyle Overbay of a hit.

    But Ben Grieve's RBI double and Ginter's two-run homer off Mark Prior (2-2) increased the damage of Harris's fielding blunder and gave Milwaukee a 4-0 lead.

    After Ginter's homer, his ninth, Prior struck out eight of the next 13 batters before being lifted for a pinch-hitter leading off the fifth.

    In the first two games of their four-game series, the Cubs have allowed just seven hits -- just two after the first inning -- but lost both times.

    Harris helped undo some of the damage his fielding error caused when he followed an RBI double by Ramon Martinez with his own run-scoring double in the third, sending a 1-2 pitch into the gap in right to make it 4-2.

    Moises Alou fouled out to the catcher to end the inning and strand two runners. Corey Patterson led off the next inning with a triple for the Cubs but was stranded there as Chicago lost for the second straight time at Milwaukee, where the Cubs were 7-0 a year ago.

    Harris, filling in for Aramis Ramirez (groin), was lifted for pinch-hitter Todd Walker after right-hander Mike Adams relieved Santos with two men on and two out in the seventh. Walker grounded out.

    Luis Vizcaino pitched the eighth and Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 27 chances. Derrek Lee reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Wes Helms and took third on Jose Macias' two-out infield single against Kolb before Mark Grudzielanek grounded to third to end the game.

    Cubs manager Dusty Baker said he decided to start Harris, who can play all four infield positions, at third base "not only because of who's pitching against us but also because of who's pitching for us." He said Harris is a third baseman by trade and would get a true spin coming off the ball from Prior's pitches.

    Game notes

    Cubs RHP Kerry Wood allowed two hits and struck out four batters in a rehabilitation start at Triple-A Iowa. Wood threw just 59 pitches -- 43 strikes -- over five shutout innings. He's scheduled to pitch against the Cardinals this weekend. ... Nearly an hour after the game, official scorer Wayne Franke changed his call on Counsell's bunt, making it an infield single, a ruling that meant all four runs were earned instead of unearned. ... Brewers 2B Junior Spivey will miss up to a month after popping his left shoulder out of socket on a headfirst slide into first base Friday night in Pittsburgh. The Brewers had feared he'd need season-ending surgery. ... Ramirez, who strained his left groin Friday, said he hopes to return to action at St. Louis this weekend.

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