Cubs make it three in a row over Brewers

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer during a five-run first inning, Jon Lester pitched into the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Wednesday night for their 17th win in 20 games.

Soler’s shot capped the inning after RBI singles by Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell.

Lester (13-4) got his fourth straight win, giving up one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven. He hasn’t lost since July 3.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (6-13) walked leadoff batter Dexter Fowler then hit Kris Bryant with a pitch to set the table in the first.

Soler’s homer on a 2-2 pitch was a convincing smash that landed just under the videoboard atop of the left-center field stands.

Nelson is 1-10 over his last 14 starts.