Eight-run second inning leads Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Carlos Lee started and capped Milwaukee's

biggest inning of the season.

Lee hit two home runs, including a three-run shot during an

eight-run second inning, and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4

on Wednesday night.

"That's nice to bounce back from our last two losses," Lee

said. "Eight runs in one inning. That was awesome."

Lee added a solo shot in the seventh for his 19th homer. The NL

leader with 64 RBI has two multihomer games this season.

Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the second and knocked out

Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano (4-4).

"It's just a bad night," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "I

doubt you'll see that kind of outing again."

The right-hander, who has just one win in his last eight starts,

lasted a career-low 1 2/3 innings and gave up a career-high eight

earned runs and seven hits.

"That happens," Zambrano said. "Sooner or later in your

career you are going to have a game like this. I'm not a perfect

machine. I'm not a perfect pitcher."

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis (9-6) won for the fifth time in

seven starts and matched a career high with nine strikeouts. The

left-hander allowed six hits, one walk and three earned runs in 6

2/3 innings as the Brewers won for just the fourth time in 13


"He pitched great," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Right

from the beginning he was locked in. Keeping the ball down, making

good pitches and changing speeds real well. He pitched extremely


Davis also collected the first double, RBI and run of his career

in the second.

"It's nice to be able to help the offense for once," Davis


Lee, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, led off the second with

a single and scored the first run of the game on a bloop single to

center field by Rickie Weeks. Davis, batting .069 on the season,

hit a two-run double down the right-field line to give Milwaukee a

3-0 lead.

"At that point of the game, that was big," Lee said. "That

was the biggest hit of the game because it could've easily been a

groundball double play."

Brady Clark followed with a two-run single to right, and Lee's

three-run homer to left capped the outburst.

Davis allowed just one hit in the first five innings and retired

11 batters in a row before Chicago scored three times in the sixth.

"When Davis hit that ball down the line you start thinking that

maybe it's his night," Baker said.

Reliever Richard Hill, who did not allow a hit and struck out

six in 4 1/3 innings, singled with one out in the sixth for his

first career hit. He scored on a two-out double by Neifi Perez, and

Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez also added run-scoring doubles to cut

the deficit to 8-3.Game notes
Six of Chicago's eight hits were doubles. Lee has 33 RBI

in his last 33 games against Chicago. ... Cubs 2B Jerry Hairston

made a diving play on a groundball by Carlos Lee for the first out

in the fifth and also made a nice play to end the inning. Geoff

Jenkins hit a groundball off Derrek Lee's glove that Hairston

caught with his bare hand and then threw to Hill covering first

base. ... Jenkins struck out twice in the second inning. ... The

Brewers have outscored opponents 42-15 in the second. ... Zambrano

allowed a career-high nine hits in his last start against the New

York Yankees.