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Cubs beat Brewers, 6-2, cap three-game sweep

CHICAGO -- Even with the likelihood that shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo are lost for the rest of the season because of injuries, the Cubs knocked out former teammate Matt Garza after three innings en route to a 6-2 victory Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs earned their first home series sweep of at least three games over Milwaukee since Aug. 23-25, 2004. The Cubs put together five hits off Garza during a four-run third to support rookie Kyle Hendricks, who was acquired from the Rangers in July, 2012 in a trade for Ryan Dempster.

At the plate

Logan Watkins had two hits to raise his batting average to .414, Jorge Soler hit a two-run bloop double, and Chris Valaika a two-run home run that reached the last row of the left field bleachers.

On the mound

Hendricks was pulled after only 80 pitches, but Justin Grimm bailed him out of a jam in the sixth.

In the field

Soler and fellow rookie outfielder Arismendy Alcantara made running catches in the third, and shortstop Javier Baez leaped to rob Aramis Ramirez of a hit in the second.

The number

3 – Starts in which Garza has allowed at least six runs.

The quote

General manager Jed Hoyer on Castro: "Our assumption is that (his injury) is probably season ending. But if he does surprise us and comes back early, we wouldn't be against having him play again, because that would send him into the off-season on a good note.''

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