MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- It was Troy O'Leary's turn to be the hero for the surging
O'Leary homered and tied a season high with four RBI as the Cubs extended their winning streak to four games with an 8-4 triumph over the
Chicago has found a different player to come through each game this week.
had five hits and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals,
delivered a clutch RBI single in Thursday's series finale and
had a strong start against Milwaukee on Friday.
O'Leary got his chance in this one as he filled in for Alou, who has missed the last two games with a leg injury. He snapped out of a 3-for-24 slump with his second four-RBI game of the season.
O'Leary opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, added an RBI double in the third and put away the game with a two-run homer in the ninth.
"I was just filling in for the moment," said O'Leary, who played with the Brewers from 1993-94. "I did my job today and we'll see how (Alou) feels tomorrow. I'm just happy we got a win."
"This is where he started. You always seem to play well where you started," Cubs manager
said. "Troy had an excellent game for us."
O'Leary's outburst was enough support for All-Star
, who extended his personal winning streak to a career-high seven games. He has not lost since coming off the disabled list on August 4.
"Fortunately we were able to score some runs and blow it out," he said. As far as I'm concerned, that was one of my worst outings. I just wasn't pitching aggressive. Overall, I had a bad game mentally."
Prior (15-5) allowed three runs and 10 hits while striking out seven in seven innings. He threw 86 of 129 pitches for strikes and issued one walk.
"I didn't want to take him that far," Baker said. "He wasn't as sharp as he usually is. It was nice that we gave him that five-run cushion."
"Everything he throws is difficult to hit," Milwaukee center fielder
said. "When he leaves one out over the plate you'd better hit it because you're not going to get too many pitches to hit."
Prior continued a string of excellent performance by Cubs starters, who have a 3.30 ERA and 39 strikeouts in the last seven games. Prior began the stretch with eight scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Monday.
Chicago has won six of its last seven games and remained one-half game behind the first-place
in the National League Central Division.
(10-10) was shelled for five runs and seven hits in five innings and lost for the first time in four decisions.
homered for the Brewers, who lost for just the fourth time in 18 games.
Kinney struggled immediately as
opened the game with a triple and scored on O'Leary's fly ball to center field three batters later.
, who walked, went to second on the throw to the place and got to third on a walk before scoring on
's base hit.
Chicago added a three more runs in the third as Sosa doubled with one out and came home on O'Leary's two-base hit.
capped the inning with a two-out homer to right-center field for a 5-0 lead.
"It was a slider that didn't bounce," Kinney said. "He'll swing at everything and it's amazing how much contact he makes. I threw a pitch that was too good. Mental mistakes will kill you and I made the mistakes that put us in a hole."
Ginter hit a two-run homer off Prior in the seventh inning and Sexson hit his 27th off reliever
in the eighth to bring the Brewers within 5-4.
made it 6-4 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth and, after Sosa struck out, O'Leary drove a pitch from
into the right field stands.