How it happened: Tyler Colvin homered in the ninth to pull the Cubs within a run, but the rally fell short. Cubs manager Mike Quade was ejected in the first inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Bill Miller. Quade came out to protect Aramis Ramirez, who was called out on a questionable third strike on a low pitch. It was Quade’s sixth ejection of the season. Marlon Byrd’s bloop single to center to lead off the fifth was the first hit off Brewers starter Zack Greinke. Casey Coleman had his best outing of the season but took the loss. Coleman went seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked three. Starlin Castro's career-high 11-game hitting streak came to an end as did Ramirez’s 16-game streak.
What it means: The Cubs have lost seven of their last eight games and were swept in a three-game series for the first time since late July at Miller Park. The Cubs were 1-8 in Milwaukee in 2011.
Outside the box: Quade said he would sit down with interim general manager Randy Bush on Friday and talk about call-ups from the minor leagues. Outfielder Brett Jackson is one of a number of minor leaguers being considered for promotion.