Estes tossed seven strong innings and
continued his hot hitting with three hits as the
cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Brewers.
Estes (4-3) defeated Milwaukee last Wednesday by allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 triumph at Wrigley Field. The lefthander turned in a similar performance Tuesday, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out five.
"Right now, I feel like I'm in a zone," Estes said. "It doesn't matter who's out there. I think the advantage goes to the other team, but if you make pitches, you get outs."
"It's the same thing he did last week in Chicago," Brewers manager
said. "He keeps you off-balance with the changeup. He works inside and outside and he throws strikes. He's thrown two good games against us."
Grudzielanek paced a 13-hit attack and scored twice. He is 7-for-10 in the first two games of this four-game series and is batting .481 (13-for-27) in his last six games.
Grudzielanek said that he enjoyed batting leadoff after struggling earlier in the No. 2 and No. 7 spots.
"I've had the same attitude and approach all along, no matter where I'm hitting," Grudzielanek said. "I like mixing it up and I think it's good for me and the club. (Manager
) talked to me about it back then and it was all good. I'm comfortable right now with the way I'm seeing the ball."
The Cubs have scored 18 runs and pounded out 32 hits in taking the first two games.
"Everyone's coming through," Baker said. "Everyone's playing hard. We're getting good pitching and key hits."
Hee Seop Choi
gave Chicago a 2-0 lead with a 420-foot two-run homer off former Cub
(0-1) in the second inning. Choi also doubled in the ninth and scored on a groundout by
Chicago took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning before scoring three times to take a four-run cushion. Grudzielanek led off with a single and Troy O'Leary singled with one out.
's RBI single chased Quevedo in favor of lefthander
Foster hit Choi before
, who entered hitting .302 against lefthanders, lined his hit to right field.
"(The team's) been bringing in some (lefties) to pitch batting practice to us so we can get used to the arm angle," Patterson said. "Seeing that arm angle really helps us out. I just need to see it more."
hit his major league-leading 14th homer with a solo shot to lead off the fourth.
Quevedo, who has lost five straight starts since his last win on July 24, was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"I was having a tough time making pitches tonight," Quevedo said. "I was doing all I could to keep the team in the game. I made mistakes and they hit them."
Grudzielanek's leadoff double in the fifth inning helped Chicago build a run.
sacrificed and O'Leary lifted a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.