Cubs beat Brewers 5-1, stop 5-game losing streak

Luis Valbuena, Nate Schierholtz and Brian Bogusevic homered, and

the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Thursday to stop a

five-game losing streak.

Jake Arrieta (3-2) didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the

fourth when former-Cub Aramis Ramirez singled between second and

third. Carlos Gomez hit a solo homer in the seventh.

Arrieta allowed three hits, struck out five, walked one and

drove in a run.

Valbuena stopped an 0-for-14 slide with his 12th homer, a solo

shot off Kyle Lohse (10-10) in the first. Schierholtz hit a two-run

homer in third that landed in the Cubs bullpen in center for a 3-0

lead, and Bogusevic added a pinch- homer off Donovan Hand leading

off the ninth.

Lohse gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He has

allowed 26 homers, tying Washington’s Dan Haren for the NL

lead.

NOTES: Cubs C Wellington Castro Brewers SS left after the

seventh inning with right knee soreness. … Chicago SS Jean Segura

did not play, a day after straining his right hamstring. …

Injured Brewers 1B Corey Hart, eligible for free agency after the

World Series, wants to remain with the Brewers. He is making $10

million this year, the final season of a $26.5 million, three-year

deal. ”I wouldn’t sit there and ask for anything that is

outlandish,” he said. ”I would take a discount to stay here

because I think I owe it to them to stay here and be a cheaper

player.” He had surgery on his right knee in late January and

missed spring training. ”I’ve told them I would be very generous

to stay here. Nobody wants to play for free, but I’ve basically sat

there and watched all season. That’s kind of what we’re hoping for,

but at the same time, you don’t know what’s going to happen.” …

Schierholtz’ 21 home runs are 12 more than his previous high of

nine with San Francisco in 2011.