CHICAGO (AP) George Kottaras had the type of afternoon backups dream about.
Kottaras hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Yovani Gallardo outdueled Ryan Dempster as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Wednesday for their third straight win in the four-game series.
Backed by Starlin Castro's first-inning sacrifice fly that followed David DeJesus' double, Dempster (0-1) had a three-hit shutout before Mat Gamel doubled leading off the seventh. Kottaras followed with his second homer this season.
"It was down and in," Kottaras said of the slider, "and I was just trying to stay through the middle, wasn't trying to hit a home run. Just put a good swing on it, and off it went."
Milwaukee gave Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy the day off.
Gallardo (1-1) didn't need much offense. He allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked two, getting 11 ground-ball outs.
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