Matt Garza picked up where he left off in his previous two outings as more scouts were on hand to watch the veteran right-hander at Miller Park on Thursday afternoon.

Garza went seven strong innings, allowing one run on eight hits. He struck out 10 and walked one while improving to 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA as the Cubs prevailed 7-2.

Winning two out of three in the series, the Cubs beat Brewers right-handed starter Wily Peralta as Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer to lead the Cubs' 9-hit attack.

The Cubs captured their first series at Miller Park since winning two of three Sept. 10-12, 2010. The Cubs had lost their previous seven series in Milwaukee.

In his previous outing, Garza tossed a season-high eight innings, allowing one run on four hits to get the win over the Astros.

“It’s always going to come down to fastball command and keeping the ball away from slugging percentage,” manager Dale Sveum said. “The days he has his slider….the last game it kind of gradually came on in the latter innings of the game….that’s the key. But the bottom line is fastball command.”

Sveum loaded his lineup with five left-handed hitters, as well as switch-hitting catcher Navarro. Veteran leftfielder Alfonso Soriano was given a second game off to rest.

The Cubs hopped on Peralta in the second inning when Ryan Sweeney led off with a single and stole second. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Brian Bogusevic. A two-out infield hit by Darwin Barney scored Bogusevic to make it 2-0.

Navarro hit a three-run homer to highlight a 4-run third inning as the Cubs took a 6-0 lead. All four runs were unearned as the Brewers committed two errors.