MILWAUKEE – Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer, and Jean Segura produced some bizarre base running in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday night.
Segura some how wound up safe at first base after attempting to steal third, only to later be thrown out attempting to steal second base again.
Segura led off the eighth inning with a single and stole second before Braun walked. The two attempted a double steal, but Shawn Camp didn’t deliver a pitch.
Instead, he threw to third well ahead of Segura, who turned and went back to second. Braun was there, and shortstop Luis Valbuena tagged both runners as they stood on the bag.
The rules say only the trailing runner is out in that case, but Segura trotted down the line toward first base and the home dugout, then appeared to realize what had happened and sped into the unoccupied base.
He later attempted a straight steal of second, but Cubs catcher Welington Castillo threw him out.
It didn’t matter, though, because Braun went deep against Jeff Samardzija (1-3. Anthony Rizzo hit his fifth homer of the year for the Cubs, who never led.
Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (2-0) pitched out of trouble in his six innings, getting three double plays and holding the Cubs hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his third save in three chances.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Chris Guccione for arguing a called ball from Samardzija on a 2-2 pitch to Braun.
Samardzija had some tough luck in the first, needing 27 pitches to retire the Brewers. Norichika Aoki reached on a fielding error by Rizzo at first base to open the inning.
Aoki broke for second on the first pitch to Segura.
The Brewers shortstop hit the ball squarely to the right side of the infield in what could have been an easy double play ball, but Darwin Barney had vacated the spot to cover second and the ball went into right field for a single, with Aoki taking third.
Braun then hit the fifth pitch from Samardzija for his fourth home run to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
Rickie Weeks followed with a bloop double down the right-field line, and Jonathan Lucroy hit a liner into the right-field corner for a triple, scoring Weeks and giving Milwaukee a 4-0 lead.
The Cubs came within 4-3 in the third when Luis Valbuena led off with his second homer of the year, Samardzija walked and David DeJesus homered to right for his second of the year.
Gomez led off the seventh with his second homer to make it 5-3.
Samardzija pitched seven innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out four. He retired 11 consecutive batters between the second and sixth innings.
Rizzo led off the eighth a homer to right off reliever Tom Gorzelanny, his fifth of the year, to pull Chicago within 5-4.
For the game, the Cubs went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs are batting .144 (16 for 111) with runners in scoring position this season.
NOTES: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers watched the game from a luxury suite. Braun did Rodgers touchdown dance move after hitting his home run. ... Starlin Castro singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. . The Cubs claimed OF Julio Borbon off waivers from Texas on Friday. ... Brewers INF Taylor Green will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the season. . The Brewers recalled RHP Hiram Buros from Triple-A Nashville Friday. He will start Saturday in his major-league debut. ... The Brewers have won six consecutive games and 16 of 18 against the Cubs at Miller Park.