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Brewers officially eliminated from NLC Central race; play Cubs today

The Milwaukee Brewers were officially eliminated from the National League Central division race Monday, when they lost to the Chicago Cubs 10-2 at Miller Park.

Technically, the Brewers were eliminated during the eighth inning, when St. Louis beat Houston 7-3.

The Cardinals now lead Milwaukee by 13.5 games with 12 to play.

The Brewer game was really over by the middle of the second, after the Cubs built up a 7-0 lead.

Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez homered off Braden Looper, who gave up seven runs on 10 hits in four innings as his record fell to 13-7.

Looper was unbeaten in his previous seven starts. Lee went 3-4, drove in four runs, and scored three times.

Tom Gorzelanny struck out nine in five innings to get the win. He's now 6-2, as the Cubs won their second straight.

Mike Cameron supplied Milwaukee's only offense with two solo home runs. The Brewers ended a five-game winning streak.

And while they're still technically in the National League Wild Card race, their elimination number is two.

Milwaukee is 11 games behind Wild Card leader Colorado, and the Cubs are now 7.5 back in that department.

The Brewers and Cubs play again today. Right-hander Dave Bush faces Cubs' right-hander Randy Wells.