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“We just need to do what works for us,” Segura said. “This is good for us.”

All three reached base in the first, as Chicago allowed five runs in an inning for the first time since April 12, against St. Louis.

“When you come out in the first inning like we did, that’s outstanding,” Roenicke said. “It allows your pitcher to do some different things, and then we added to it, which a lot of times we’ve been scoring in the first inning or second inning and then we don’t do much the rest of the game.”

On the first pitch of the game, Segura reached on an infield single. Two pitches later, Braun’s blast sailed over the wall in right-center field for his eighth homer - and first at Miller Park.

“When you get guys on base early, things usually escalate pretty well after that,” Weeks said.

Gomez walked and scored on a double by Khris Davis for a 3-0 lead. Weeks followed with a run-scoring single before Maldonado gave Milwaukee a 5-0 lead with a two-out double.

In the second, Gomez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single that drove in Braun for the six-run lead.

A four-run fifth padded Milwaukee’s lead to 11-2.

“It makes things a little easier, especially when I’m kind of scuffling,” Estrada said. “My last two outings before this I’ve kind of been all over the place. Tonight I just felt much better. I located better, but still walked four guys and can’t keep doing stuff like that.”

NOTES: Ramirez will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. … Chicago’s 20 road losses are the most in the NL. … Braun moved into sole possession of fourth place on the franchise’s all-time RBI list with 707. … Wood was trying to become the fourth Cubs‘ pitcher in the last 20 years with five victories in May. … Milwaukee tied a team record by collecting at least 10 hits in its ninth straight game. … Starlin Castro has reached safely in his last 14 games at Miller Park dating to Aug. 22, 2012. … Chicago is 7-25 at Miller Park since the start of the 2011 season.