CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam in Chicago’s five-run first inning and the Cubs held off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Friday.
Lake was 2 for 4 and has five homers since being called up July 19.
The Cubs and Brewers are tied for fourth place in the NL Central at 60-80.
The Cubs jumped on Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (9-9) in the first inning. Nate Schierholtz singled with one out and runners on first and second to drive in the first run. Two batters later, Lake homered on a 1-0 slider.
The Brewers scratched out single runs in the second and third innings to make it 5-2, but Cubs starter Chris Rusin made it 7-2 with a two-run single in the bottom of the third.
Rusin had more success at the plate than on the mound. After getting the first two outs in…
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