Mike Fiers' remarkable resurgence continued Thursday afternoon.

Making his second start in place of the injured Matt Garza, the 29-year-old righthander struck out a career-high 14 while allowing just three hits over six shutout innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a much-needed 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Fiers (2-1) struck out the side on three different occasions en route to becoming the first Brewers pitcher to record double-digit strikeouts since Sept. 30, 2012. It just so happened to be Fiers who accomplished the feat last time as well, 286 games ago.

The 14 strikeouts tied Yovani Gallardo and Moose Haas for the second-most strikeouts in franchise history, behind Ben Sheets' 18.

"Just getting the win is awesome after losing the last two," said Fiers of the Brewers' four-game series split with the Cubs.

Despite playing without Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura, who got a day of rest, Milwaukee increased its lead in the NL Central to 2 games.

"We definitely need to get back on the winning side of things and go from there," Fiers said. "Personally, obviously it was a great outing with a lot of strikeouts, but the biggest thing was getting the win."

Including his eight-inning victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Saturday, Fiers has now allowed a total of six hits, one run and two walks to go along with 19 strikeouts since joining the rotation.

His overall earned-run average, which includes four relief appearances from earlier this season, dropped to 1.29.