Edmonds powers Cubs past Brewers

From the Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Two months ago, Jim Edmonds was released by the San Diego Padres, one of the worst offensive teams in baseball. On Thursday, he slugged his new team to a commanding lead in the Central Division.

Edmonds hit two homers, including a grand slam, and the Chicago Cubs finished off a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with an 11-4 rout to extend their lead in the division.

“I just got it started,” said Edmonds, “Nice to win, nice series.”

Just five days ago, the Cubs and Brewers were tied atop the division after Milwaukee made up five games in nine days. The Brewers have lost five in a row and are five games back again.


Rich Harden (1-1) picked up his first NL win, giving up a run and six hits in seven innings. He has yet to yield more than one run in any of his four starts since being traded to the Cubs.

Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome also homered for the Cubs, who swept four games from the Brewers for the first time since 2003.