SCH­WAR­BER RE­TURNS TO CUBS, GOES 0-FOR-4 IN LOSS TO BREW­ERS

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CHICAGO» Kyle Sch­war­ber re­turned to the Cubs after a two-week stint in the mi­nor leagues and started Thurs­day’s game against the Brew­ers, where his of­fen­sive strug­gles con­tin­ued.

Sch­war­ber, bat­ting fifth and play­ing in left field, went 0-for-4 with two strike­outs.

Ryan Braun home­red to ig­nite a sev­en­run third in­ning and the Brew­ers beat the Cubs 11-2 for their fourth straight vic­tory.

Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs be­fore be­ing lifted after the sixth be­cause of the lop­sided score. Domingo San­tana had four hits and two RBIs, and Je­sus Aguilar added three hits and an RBI.

Will­son Con­tr­eras home­red for the Cubs, who have not won con­sec­u­tive games since a three-game win­ning streak June 18-20.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Luke Voit home­red and drove in three runs and the Car­di­nals beat the Mar­lins 4-3. The Car­di­nals, who had lost two straight, earned a four-game se­ries split after win­ning the pre­vi­ous two se­ries against the Di­a­mond­backs and Na­tion­als. … Ani­bal Sanchez pitched six strong in­nings, and Dixon Machado hit his first ca­reer home run to lift the Tigers to a 6-2 vic­tory over the Gi­ants. Sanchez (1-0) earned his first vic­tory since Aug. 23, al­low­ing two runs and five hits with eight strike­outs and no walks. … Gre­gory Polanco had four hits with a home run and two RBIs, and Josh Bell home­red, dou­bled and drove in three runs to lead the Pi­rates to a 6-3 vic­tory over the Phillies. An­drew McCutchen added three hits with two dou­bles for the Pi­rates, who have won three straight. … Wil­son Ramos home­red and drove in three against Chris Sale de­spite the all-star’s record­set­ting per­for­mance, rookie Jake Faria re­mained un­beaten and the Rays beat the Red Sox 4-1. Sale (11-4) struck out 12 while giv­ing up four runs and seven hits in seven in­nings. … Edwin En­car­na­cion home­red and matched a ca­reer high with four hits, all-star Jose Ramirez hit a home run and had three RBIs, and the Indians, play­ing their third straight game with­out man­ager Terry Francona, de­feated the Padres 11-2. … Rus­sell Martin home­red and matched a sea­son high with three hits, Josh Don­ald­son broke out of his slump with a go-ahead sin­gle and the Blue Jays beat the Astros 7-4. Fran­cisco Liri­ano (5-4) pitched six solid in­nings and Roberto Osuna con­verted his 21st con­sec­u­tive save op­por­tu­nity as the Blue Jays, who be­gan the night in last place in the AL East, won their third straight. Hous­ton, which has the best record in the ma­jors at 58-28, had won four in a row and eight of 10. … Ed­uardo Es­co­bar’s two-run triple high­lighted a six-run third in­ning as the ral­lied for 6-4 win over the

FOOT­NOTES

Blue Jays sign 16-year old. Eric Pardinho, a 16-year-old Brazil­ian right-han­der, agreed to a mi­nor-league con­tract with the Blue Jays. Pardinho, No. 5 on MLB.com’s list of 30 in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur prospects, has a fast­ball clocked at 94 mph. … The Tigers put left-han­der Daniel Nor­ris on the 10-day dis­abled list with a strained left groin. … An­gel Her­nan­dez, who sued Ma­jor League Base­ball this week al­leg­ing racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, is among the um­pires for Tues­day’s Al­lS­tar Game in Mi­ami.

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