CHICAGO -- The Brewers' best starting pitcher to date worked without his best stuff Sunday to help his team finally take a series.
After lasting only 2 1/3 innings and surrendering seven earned runs in his previous start, Nelson limited the Cubs to three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for his team-best third quality start. He settled for a no-decision in a 5-3 Brewers win.
Gomez saved further damage with a nice running catch to rob Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, but Roenicke made the case that the inning should not have gotten that far.
"Plus [Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado] had a chance to throw [Dexter] Fowler out on a steal, and we threw it high and wide. We gave them three [extra] outs that inning," Roenicke said. "With all the good things that happened today, it is nice to get out of here with a win. It would have been a tough loss. To let them back in the game like that, it would have been a tough loss."
After five turns through the starting rotation, Nelson is 1-2 but still owns the best ERA at 4.03.
"It's nice. This is a good team win today," he said.
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