CHICAGO — Darwin Barney hit a long drive to left field in the second inning, and Junior Lake went deep in the third. It looked as if the Chicago Cubs were headed for a big day at the plate.
Then, all of the sudden, it was over.
The Cubs managed just one hit in the final six innings of a 4-3 loss to Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
"Guys were trying to get Lohse up in the zone a little bit better so we were able to capitalize a little bit," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "But he did a nice job, a very good pitcher."
Lohse allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings as NL Central-leading Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. He retired his last 13 batters in his first win since April 23 against San Diego, ending a streak of three starts without a decision.
"It was a weird early-going for me. I couldn't get command really of much of anything," Lohse said. "But you've been around long enough you figure out how to grind through it and figure out what you need to do physically to get your body in the right spot to make pitches."
Jean Segura had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which improved to an NL-best 13-5 on the road. Elian Herrera doubled twice in a spot start in right field for Ryan Braun, who got the day off as he makes his way back from a right oblique strain.
Barney hit a two-run homer and Lake had a solo shot for the Cubs, who have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Jeff Samardzija lasted five innings after getting off to a slow start and is winless in his past 15 games dating to last season.