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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Gallardo bounces back, pitches Brewers to 3-1 victory over Cubs

CHICAGO -- Yovani Gallardo posted a nice bounce back and Khris Davis drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers opened a seven-game road trip with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Gallardo, who was knocked around in his previous start against the San Francisco Giants last week, scattered six hits and one run (earned) over seven innings in improving to 7-6. He also struck out six without issuing a walk in his first start this season against the Cubs.

Mark Reynolds homered in the second inning to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead, and Davis broke a 1-1 tie with his double off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (6-4), who held Milwaukee in check for most of the night until the seventh.

It appeared early on that the offense wouldn't be at a premium for the Brewers, who placed runners on the corners with only one out after Carlos Gomez singled to lead off, stole second and then stole third as Ryan Braun reached first on a strikeout-wild pitch.

Aramis Ramirez followed by grounding into a 5-4-3 double play, however, scuttling the budding rally.

Milwaukee got onto the scoreboard in the second when, with two outs, Reynolds crushed his team-leading 20th home run way out to left field off Arrieta.

But the Brewers' bats went ice-cold against Arrieta from then on, as the young right-hander set down Jean Segura to close out the frame, and the next 12 after that before Ryan Braun singled to lead off the seventh inning.

Gallardo, meanwhile, had base runners on in four of his first six innings.

He escaped his first jam in the fourth when he stranded Javier Baez after a leadoff double, but wasn't so lucky in the fifth when, with two outs, Chris Coghlan doubled past Reynolds at first base with two outs to score Justin Ruggiano and tie the game at 1-1.

Braun's single off Arrieta opened an interesting seventh for Milwaukee.

After Braun stole second on an Ramirez strikeout, he was waved home by third-base coach Ed Sedar on a Scooter Gennett drive to center that Arismendy Alcantara wasn't able to run down.

The Cubs cut Braun down with a perfect relay, however, with umpire Tim Welke's call upheld after a crew-chief challenge of 1 minute, 28 seconds that determined catcher Welington Castillo was not improperly blocking the plate.

That brought up Davis, who roped a double into the corner in left to score Gennett and get the Brewers back in front, 2-1.

Gallardo retired the Cubs in order in the seventh, striking out Castillo to end his night at 101 pitches. Arrieta checked out after 7 1/3 innings, having held the Brewers to five hits, two runs (earned) and a walk while striking out four.

Will Smith pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and the Brewers added an insurance run in the ninth against Justin Grimm when Gennett singled Ramirez in from second with two outs.

Francisco Rodriguez notched his major-league-leading 36th save by pitching a scoreless ninth. He's now one save short of tying Rollie Fingers for 11th place on the all-time list at 341.

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