Brewers rally to hand Cubs their fifth-straight loss

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Just five weeks into the season, the Milwaukee
Brewers already have a seven-game winning streak and a seven-game
losing streak.

Carlos Lee's bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth inning gave Milwaukee its seventh straight victory, 6-5 over
the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

"That's baseball," said Brady Clark, who matched a career high
with four hits. "You play 162 games, so anything is bound to

Clark led off the ninth with an infield single against reliever
LaTroy Hawkins (1-2) and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by
pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo.

"It's good when you can manufacture runs like that," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said. "We're doing the little things to win

After Geoff Jenkins struck out, Lee sent a soft fly to shallow
right that second baseman Jerry Hairston couldn't reach.

"He hit it out in no man's land," Hairston said. "You
couldn't have placed that ball any better."

Derrick Turnbow (3-1) blew a save opportunity in the ninth but
earned the win. Chicago lost its fifth straight to fall a
season-low three games under .500.

"This will make us stronger," manager Dusty Baker said. "What
do you want me to say? It's not a slide. It's a losing streak."

Chicago's Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run with two outs in
the ninth off Turnbow to tie the score at 5. It was his fifth of
the season.

"Ramirez was just selling out for a fastball and he got it,"
Yost said. "[Turnbow] went right after him."

Chad Moeller hit a two-out solo homer in the eighth to give
Milwaukee a brief 5-4 lead. It was his first of the season.

Milwaukee starter Gary Glover pitched six innings and gave up
three runs and seven hits. Chicago starter Greg Maddux also tossed
six innings and allowed four runs and eight hits.

Chicago tied the score at 4 in the eighth on pinch-hitter Ben
Grieve's two-out single that scored Jeromy Burnitz from second

Milwaukee took a 4-3 lead on Wes Helms' pinch-hit solo homer
with two outs in the sixth. It was his first of the season.

Chicago tied it at 3 when Michael Barrett hit a two-out, two-run
homer in the sixth.

Milwaukee scored in the first three innings. A sacrifice fly by
Lyle Overbay scored Brady Clark to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the
first. Clark's double in the second scored Chad Moeller for a 2-0

Chicago cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third when rookie Ronny
Cedeno hit his first career home run.

The Brewers got the run back in the third on another sacrifice
fly by Overbay.

"They're a hot club right now," Baker said. "They're getting
what they need."

Game notes
Helms' pinch-hit homer was the second of his career and
Milwaukee's first of the season. ... Chicago was swept for the
first time this year. ... Overbay extended his hitting streak to 12
games with a single in the fifth. ... Chicago's Derrek Lee
increased his hitting streak to 16 games with a double in the
ninth. ... The last time Milwaukee won its first four games in May
was 1988.