Matt Garza told reporters in March that he enjoyed playing for the Chicago Cubs, but he wanted to "kick their teeth in every time" he got to pitch against his former team.

In what likely was the first of many battles against the Cubs over the next four years, Garza allowed just two earned runs on four hits in seven innings, earning his first win with the Brewers in Milwaukee's 5-2 victory at Miller Park.

Garza bounced back from a start in which he allowed five earned runs in five innings by featuring his good stuff Friday night.

"This one was more like his first outing here at home where he really went after guys," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "Command was good, stuff was good. I thought the fastball was outstanding tonight. He threw a lot of good sliders, mixed in his curveball, but he really went after guys."

Afterwards, Garza insisted there weren't any added emotions in facing the team that traded him last July.

"I've been on five different teams, man," Garza said. "If I had to get up for everybody I'd be tired by midseason. It was just another ballgame, just another club I've got to give my team a chance to win (against)."

Unlike Garza's previous starts at home, the Brewers provided the right-hander with run support against Carlos Villanueva. Junior Lake misplayed a ball in left field during the first inning to allow Milwaukee's first run of the night to score on what was ruled a double for Scooter Gennett.

Ryan Braun added an RBI single in the bottom of the first, while the Cubs took advantage of a leadoff walk in the third inning to score their first run off Garza.

Villanueva bunted Ryan Sweeney up to second and Emilio Bonifacio delivered a two-out RBI single to center to cut Milwaukee's lead to 2-1.

A two-out RBI single from Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the third and a solo home run from Lyle Overbay in the fourth inning pulled the Brewers up by three at 4-1, while an Aramis Ramirez sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 5-1.

After allowing 10 of 11 batters from the final out of the third inning through the sixth, Garza allowed back-to-back hits to start the seventh. He was able to limit the damage and allow just one run to score after the Cubs had runners at second and third and nobody out.