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Matt Garza ups trade stock with strong outing in Cubs’ 7-2 win

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garzthrows Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Francisco during fifth inning baseball game Thursday June 27 2013 Milwaukee.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza throws to Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Francisco during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Updated: June 27, 2013 7:14PM

MILWAUKEE – Matt Garza ramped up his trade value in front of a sizeable crowd of major league scouts Thursday, beating the Brewers 7-2 with seven powerful innings at Miller Park.

The Cubs had lost nine straight games at Miller Park before winning the last two days to take the first series in a long trip that continues with six West Coast games, starting Friday in Seattle.

Garza (3-1, 3.83) struck out 10 and allowed just one run in seven efficient innings – and he even added two singles in the Cubs’ nine-hit offensive attack.

The big hit of the game was catcher Dioner Navarro’s three-run homer with two out in the third after the Cubs took advantage of two errors to extend the inning.

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