Cubs lose game and series to Brewers

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By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- Looking at the bigger picture, the Cubs had hoped to forget Saturday's abysmal loss to the Brewers by capturing the three-game series on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Jason Hammel (2-1, 3.55) had the starting nod for the Cubs, who had sought their fourth straight series win. The Cubs entered the game in second place in the NL Central, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Cardinals.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when former Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez homered into the left-field bleachers. It was the 358th of his career.

The Cubs tied the game 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Hammel in the bottom of the second.

The Brewers regained the lead 2-1 in the third when starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson doubled and scored on a base hit by Carlos Gomez.

A double to lead off the fourth inning by Adam Lind later resulted in a run when Khris Davis hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.

The Cubs tied the game 3-3 in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo tripled over the head of centerfielder Gomez, scoring Dexter Fowler, who had reached on a bunt single and stole a base.

Kris Bryant hit a bloop double to short right field that was dropped by second baseman Elian Herrera, who tried an over-the-shoulder catch. Rizzo scored the tying run on the play.

Ramirez drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra opened the inning with a double. Gomez reached on a bunt single. Jean Segura squared around to bunt and the pitch from reliever Pedro Strop hit him on the bill of his helmet, sending Segura to the ground for several frightening minutes.

Segura initially stayed in the game as he walked to first base. But he later headed to the dugout on his own and Hector Gomez took over as a pinch-runner.

Braun hit a ground ball to Bryant at third, who fired home for a force out. Catcher Miguel Monero threw to first for the double play.

Adam Lind was walked intentionally to load the bases. But Ramirez made the Cubs pay as he fisted a two-run single to left to make it 5-3.

The Brewers entered the game with the the worst record in baseball, sitting 11 1/2 games out already.

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