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Brewers get season-high 26 hits in 18-1 win over Cubs

Prince Fielder drove in five runs and had five of Milwaukee's season-high 26 hits and Yovani Gallardo tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts as the Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 18-1 on Monday night.

The Cubs tied a franchise record for hits allowed, matching Sept. 2, 1957, when they lost to the Milwaukee Braves.

After scoring two runs in a three-game series against Houston, the Brewers broke out against an overmatched pitching staff.

Ryan Braun also had five hits for Milwaukee, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Casey McGhee had a three-run homer and Fielder had a three-run double.

Corey Hart finished with four hits for the Brewers.

Gallardo (10-5) allowed one run and two hits over six innings.

The Cubs have lost a season-high six straight, several of them in embarrassing fashion. On Friday night, the Cubs lost 17-2 to Colorado, which was highlighted by a 12-run eighth inning when the Rockies brought 18 batters to the plate.

The Brewers score five runs and had seven hits off Cubs starter Randy Wells (5-9) in the fourth inning.

During the six-game skid, the Cubs have been outscored 62-17.

On Monday night, the Brewers batted around against the Cubs in consecutive innings. They brought 10 batters to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings.

Alcides Escobar had three hits and McGhee had four RBIs for Milwaukee.

The only hits against Gallardo were doubles by rookie Starlin Castro.

Chicago finished with four hits, all doubles.

After pinch-running for Jim Edmonds in the sixth, Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch in seventh, then was hit on the helmet by a fastball from Brian Schilitter in the eighth. Gomez hit the deck after getting hit in the eighth and a trainer tended to him before he walked to the dugout. Gomez did not return to the game.

NOTES: Before the game, the Brewers agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 with Hart, rewarding the outfielder for a turnaround season that included a trip to the All-Star game. ... Cubs manager Lou Piniella missed his third straight game to attend funeral services in Florida for his uncle. Alan Trammell is managing the team in Piniella's absence. ... Cubs placed RHP Carlos Silva on the DL for cardiac evaluation. In place of Silva, the Cubs purchased the contract of RHPs Thomas Diamond and Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa. Diamond is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Brewers and Coleman will work out of the bullpen.