Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6

Chicago — Two outs. Nobody on base. LaTroy Hawkins going about business as usual for this season.

Then, in the structure made of brick, steel, concrete, dirt and sod that Hawkins had come to loathe during his time within it, the Milwaukee Brewers' set-up man imploded.

A single, two walks and two more singles produced a four-run eighth inning for the Chicago Cubs, who ground out a 7-6 victory in their final at-bat Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

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Chicago — For a pitching staff desperate to prove that last year was an aberration, this is starting to feel like déjà vu all over again, to paraphrase that great baseball philosopher, Yogi Berra.

The Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff remained out of sync Wednesday as set-up man LaTroy Hawkins melted down in an ugly eighth inning, ruining a solid outing by starter Dave Bush. We'll never know if closer Trevor Hoffman would have gotten back on track because Hawkins remove...

Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot each hit two-run singles with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday.

The Cubs prevailed even though left fielder Alfonso Soriano got lifted after several more defensive lapses. Theriot had four hits, Fukudome drove in three runs and Geovany Soto hit his first homer.

LaTroy Hawkins (0-1) retired the first two Cubs hitters in the eighth, but a single by Jeff Baker and walks to Ge...