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Scooter Gennett had two doubles off Samardzija before hitting his third homer of the year in the fifth off reliever Justin Grimm.

Gennett’s first double exemplified the Cubs‘ afternoon. A high fly to shallow left-center in the second fell in between backpedaling shortstop Starlin Castro and charging outfielder Junior Lake, who looked away in frustration as Gennett hustled into second.

“You have to take advantage of mistakes against a good pitcher like that. When a team makes mistakes like that, you have to jump on it,” Braun said.

Two innings later, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected by home plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing a called third strike and Chicago trailing by eight.

The left-handed slugger turned to face Meals and pointed angrily with his left arm at the ground before being sent back to the dugout by Renteria.

“I said my peace and I definitely understand why I got ejected,” Rizzo said. “I’m going to move on.”

Braun hit his ninth homer of the year and second in three days. The Brewers hope it might be a sign that he’s over the right oblique injury that sidelined him for two weeks in May.

Notes: Chicago planned to give Luis Valbuena a couple days off as a precaution after Renteria said the infielder was “a little tired, a little sore” with what he described as an abdominal ailment. … Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) went 0 for 2 and fielded a grounder in four innings in his first game of a two-day rehab stint at the team’s Class A affiliate in Appleton. … … Chicago is off Monday and opens a three-game series Tuesday against the visiting New York Mets. RH Matt Garza (2-4) starts Monday when Milwaukee welcomes the Minnesota Twins for a two-game series.

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