Milwaukee moved within three games of the Cubs
for first place in the National League Central with one game to
go in the series. The Brewers have won 40 of their past 60 home
games but will travel to Chicago for a series beginning next
Willson Contreras drove in Chicago's lone run as the Cubs lost
for only the fourth time in their past 14 games.
Brewers starter Wade Miley (3-2) kept the Cubs off balance with
a consistent fastball and a vexing breaking ball. He gave up one
run on three hits in six innings, walking none and striking out
Cubs starter Mike Montgomery (4-5) gave up two runs in four
innings. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out
The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. David Bote
doubled to right field and advanced to third base on a sacrifice
bunt by Ben Zobrist. Bote scored one batter later on a dribbler
that shortstop Orlando Arcia could not corral.
The Brewers quickly took control for the rest of the game.
Milwaukee evened the score at 1 in the bottom of the second.
Montgomery loaded the bases with on a hit, a walk and a hit
batsman before firing a two-out wild pitch that allowed Ryan
Braun to score from third base.
Two innings later, Milwaukee made it 2-1 when Erik Kratz hit a
sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Hernan Perez. Kratz, a
38-year-old backup catcher, marked his third season with at
least 20 RBIs.
The Brewers increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth on a
sacrifice fly by Aguilar.
Sloppy play by the Cubs allowed Milwaukee to add three runs in
the sixth to pull ahead 6-1.
Shortstop Addison Russell opened the inning with a fielding
error and allowed a run to score three batters later with a
throw off the mark that deflected off the glove of first baseman
Victor Caratini (though Caratini was charged with the error).
Soon after, a passed ball by Contreras allowed a second run.
Reliever Dillon Maples then plunked Aguilar with the bases
Milwaukee broke it open with three runs in the seventh and two
runs in the eighth.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left after fouling a ball off
his foot. The team said X-rays were negative.
--Field Level Media
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