Power surge: Cubs outslug Brewers, hold on for 7-6 win

By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rookie Jorge Soler hit one of Chicago's four home runs, and the Cubs' bullpen nearly squandered a four-run lead before holding on for a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer to the right-field corner off reliever Hector Rondon to make it a one-run game with two outs in the ninth. The Brewers followed with two more singles off Rondon to bring up Gerardo Parra.

Rondon let out a yell on the mound after striking out Parra swinging on a slider to end the game.

Milwaukee had five hits over the final two innings off Chicago relievers after being held to five hits over the first seven innings by starter Jason Hammel (3-1).

Chicago had built its lead in part on solo shots from Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, on top of Soler's two-run homer.

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