MILWAUKEE –Jeff Samardzija allowed a season-high eight earned runs in only three innings Sunday as the Chicago Cubs suffered a 9-0 loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park.
Samardzija, who entered Sunday’s game with the lowest ERA (1.68) in the National League, allowed a two-run home run to Ryan Braun in the first inning.
Braun’s hit fueled a five-run rally that could have been more productive had second baseman Darwin Barney not made a diving stop to start a double play. Scooter Gennett hit a two-out RBI double, and Lyle Overbay cleared the bases with a double and scored on the second RBI single by opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Shoddy defense by the Cubs set up the Brewers’ run in the second. Gennett hit a high pop to shallow left that fell between left fielder Junior Lake and shortstop Starlin Castro for a double, and Lohse hit a single with two out to score Gennett.
Samardzija’s ERA swelled to 2.54 as he was replaced by Justin Grimm in the bottom of the fourth. Gennett hit a home run off Grimm in the fifth.
Junior Lake led off the fourth with a single for the Cubs’ first hit, but the Cubs advanced only one runner past first base against Lohse (7-1).
Anthony Rizzo was ejected after snapping at home plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing a called third strike in the fourth.
Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter hit a single in the seventh for his first major league hit.
The loss completes a 4-6 trip for the Cubs, who were shut out three times in their final five games. They will resume play Tuesday night against the New York Mets.