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Soler helps vault Cubs to 4-2 win over Brewers in Wrigley debut

CHICAGO -- Inspired by a pre-game visit from United States Little League champion Jackie Robinson West, the Cubs beat National League Central co-leader Milwaukee, 4-2, despite the absence of Anthony Rizzo, who didn't start for the seventh consecutive game because of lower back stiffness. Rizzo will undergo an MRI if the discomfort doesn't subside.

At the plate: Rookie sensation Jorge Soler hit an opposite field double to right field in his first at-bat at Wrigley Field and scored on a broken bat single by Welington Castillo, who hit a two-run home run in the fourth.

On the mound: Jacob Turner, making his second start with the Cubs, pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings before Khris Davis hit a home run, and Gerardo Parra followed by hitting Blake Parker's first pitch for a home run.

In the field: Third baseman Luis Valbuena made an exceptional stop to start a double play in the first.

The number: 15 -- scoreless innings by Turner against the Brewers this season.

The quote: Cubs' Rick Renteria on playing playoff contenders: "You're getting your eyes on the club and see how they're performing. What is it they're doing? It would be foolish for anyone to face clubs who are doing well and not take a step back and understand what's making them tick and click. I don't know if players do that in that detail because they're concentrating on playing baseball, but maybe there are things we see that we can share with them."

Up next: Brewers (Gallardo 8-7, 3.26) vs. Cubs (Arrieta 7-5, 2.88), 7:05 p.m., Tuesday.

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