Thornburg, Halton fuel Brewers’ blanking of Cubs

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Updated: September 19, 2013

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Tyler Thornburg tossed six scoreless innings
and Sean Halton hit a grand slam in a five-run first frame as Milwaukee
blanked Chicago, 7-0, in the third portion of a four-game series.

Khris Davis added a solo homer and scored twice, with Aramis Ramirez and
Carlos Gomez driving in a run each for the Brewers, who have won three
straight in the set and four in a row overall.

Thornburg (3-1) allowed only two hits and a pair of walks while striking out
four, turning in his second start of the season where he held an opponent
scoreless.

“He’s pitching great,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Thornburg. “He’s
confident. He’s got three really good pitches.”

Chris Rusin (2-5) was tagged for four hits and six runs over four full frames
for the Cubs, losers of five straight and seven of eight.

“He’s just kind of missing with his curveball,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said
of Rusin. “His curveball was real close but it just kept missing, but you know
he battled.”

The Brewers provided Thornburg with a bushel of support, right off the bat.
Jean Segura walked with one down and moved up on a Jonathan Lucroy single
before crossing home on a Ramirez base hit. Khris Davis walked two
batters later to load the bases and Halton launched his first career grand
slam to right which capped the burst.

Davis started the home fourth with his 10th home run of the season to make it
6-0 for the hosts, and Gomez doubled home Norichika Aoki with two away in the
fifth for a seven-run spread.

Thornburg retired seven of the last eight batters he faced, then gave way to
Jimmy Nelson for the seventh. Nelson stranded two runners by inducing a
groundout from pinch-hitter Junior Lake in that frame, then fanned two in the
eighth.

Michael Blazek worked around a Nate Schierholtz leadoff single in the ninth,
setting down the next three batters to cap the victory.

Game Notes

Thornburg also held the Cubs off the board during a no-decision of an eventual
3-2 Milwaukee win on July 30, allowing four hits and three walks while fanning
six over six innings … He has turned in quality starts in each of his six
starting assignments this year … Milwaukee has won 13 of 18 from Chicago
this season, including seven of nine at Miller Park … Segura left the game
with a strained right hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.