MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The
hoped for a better start to their longest homestand of the season, but the
derailed those plans in the fourth inning.
's three-run homer capped a seven-run fourth-inning outburst as the Cubs cruised to an 11-5 victory over the Brewers.
Chicago enjoyed its biggest inning against any team since August 29, 2002, when they scored 10 in the fourth against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Chicago chased Brewers starter
(1-7) and Miller greeted reliever
by launching a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall to open a 9-2 advantage.
"If we keep putting them out there, sooner or later something good is going to happen," said Cubs manager
, whose team stranded seven in the first three innings. "Tonight, we created opportunities, we were agressive on the bases and we hit the ball hard."
The versatile Kieschnick also homered for Milwaukee, but the Brewers lost for the fourth time in five games and got their 13-game stretch at Miller Park off on the wrong foot.
singled and doubled in the fourth and finished with a season-high four hits. The Cubs shortstop collected the 14th four-hit game of his career.
"I think it helps a lot to see guys up there getting hits," Grudzielanek said. "If they start to get some hits early and have confidence in the rest of the club, that can only help."
tied a career high with four hits, the 21st time he has achieved the feat.
"I'm finding my stroke back," said Alou, who has four multi-hit games in his last five contests. "It's a good time for a lot of guys to get some hits."
"The offense came out and had a great game," Cubs starter
said. "As I told Moises going into that seven-run inning, 'Hey, let's get some runs.' And he said, 'All right, we'll do that.'"
Prior (5-1) struck out 11 and has recorded at least 10 in eight of 27 career starts. The righthander yielded four runs and seven hits in six innings, walking four.
"Mark will say he didn't have his best stuff tonight," Baker said. "Tonight's the night the offense picked things up, which you have to do sometimes. I'm glad we had some guys swing the bats well."
After Grudzielanek singled to lead off the fourth,
doubled him home and gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
Troy O'Leary's single plated Martinez and doubled Chicago's advantage.
There were runners on the corners with one out when
recorded back-to-back RBI singles and increased Chicago's lead to 6-2.
"They didn't miss any mistakes," Brewers manager
said. "When (Rusch) made a mistake, they hit it hard. Three or four balls blooped in, but for the most part when he made a mistake, they didn't miss it. They got some ground balls that went through the holes."
"I just got behind and left a bunch of pitches up and they swung the bats really well," Rusch said.
Since posting his lone win at Pittsburgh on April 8, the lefthanded Rusch is 0-6 with a 6.68 ERA in seven starts.