How it happened: Ryan Dempster, who was 15-3 lifetime against the Brewers, left after six innings in which he gave up three runs, all in the first inning. The Cubs wasted a golden opportunity to tie the game or take the lead in the sixth, when they loaded the bases with nobody out against starter Chris Narveson, who then exited in favor of Kameron Loe. Loe got Alfonso Soriano to ground into a 5-2 putout at home plate, and then induced a 5-4-3 double playball from Darwin Barney to end the threat. Aramis Ramirez hit his 19th home run in the first inning with Jeff Baker aboard. It was Ramirez’s ninth home run in July and his ninth on a first pitch in 2011.
What it means: The Cubs’ first three-game win streak of 2011 came to a halt as Dempster lost to the Brewers for the first time since 2009.
Outside the box: Cubs setup man Kerry Wood stayed back in Chicago due to severe stomach flu symptoms. He was receiving intravenous treatments to help him recuperate.