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Jeff Baker Homers, Drives In Four Runs, Cubs Beat Brewers 7-4

The Cubs have generally had good success at the ballpark known as “Wrigley North”; a four-game sweep there in July 2008 is credited for helping them get to their 97-win regular season that year.

It was no different Friday night. The Cubs spotted the Brewers a 2-0 lead, but Geovany Soto tied the game with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and later that inning, Jeff Baker crushed a three-run blast to make it a five-run inning. Baker had a career-high-tying four hits and four RBI overall.

Carlos Zambrano, who had a hit before Baker’s home run, didn’t have his best stuff and struggled a bit with command, but threw six decent innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol finished up, each throwing a scoreless inning. Marmol posted his third save of the season.

The Cubs moved back over .500 at 4-3 with the win and will take on the Brewers again Saturday night at Miller Park, presumably in front of another crowd full of Cubs fans, at 6:10 p.m. CDT.