Gonzalez powers Brewers past Cubs 7-4

Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee’s five-run first inning, sending the Brewers to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

The Brewers had no problem adjusting to the weather on the chilly 40-degree evening.

They sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning against Paul Maholm (0-1).

Jonathan Lucroy bundled up for the cold, but had no trouble hitting a baseball. He pounded a home run into the wind left field.

Chris Narveson (1-0) pitched five innings to improve to 7-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 14 career games against Chicago. The left-hander allowed three runs, two earned and six hits.

Maholm’s outing ended after four innings. He allowed six runs and six hits.

Chicago’s starters allowed seven earned runs in the first games.

The Brewers and Cubs will play afternoon games at Wrigley Field tomorrow and Thursday. Both games will start at 1:20 p.m. CT.