Brewers edge Cubs, pull within 1 in NL Central
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[September 11, 2018]
Lorenzo Cain had four hits, Wade
Miley pitched five innings, and the decisive run scored on a wild
pitch as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs
3-2 Monday night.
Miley (4-2) allowed two runs, four hits and three walks while
striking out one as the Brewers (83-62) won their fourth in a row to
pull within one game of first-place Chicago in the National League
Central. The Cubs (83-60) have dropped three straight.
Cubs starter Jon Lester (15-6) allowed three runs, eight hits and
two walks in 5 2/3 innings before leaving with lower back tightness.
He had two strikeouts.
Jeremy Jeffress earned his 11th save of the season. Jeffress walked
Willson Contreras with two outs in the ninth, and pinch runner
Terrance Gore stole second before pinch hitter Tommy La Stella
The Brewers broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth on a wild pitch. Mike
Moustakas singled with two outs and took third on a double by Erik
Kratz. Lester left the game in discomfort, and Carl Edwards Jr.
replaced him. Moustakas scored on Edwards' errant pitch.
Each team scored once in the first.
Cain and Christian Yelich opened the game with singles. Ryan Braun
walked to load the bases, and Jonathan Schoop hit a sacrifice fly.
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Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) pitches during the second
inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory
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Kris Bryant doubled in the bottom of the first, took third on
Miley's throwing error on a pickoff attempt and scored on Anthony
Rizzo's groundout to first.
The Brewers regained the lead in the second. Moustakas doubled, took
third when Kratz flied out to deep left and scored on Orlando
The Cubs tied the game in the fifth. Contreras hustled to get a
double to center and took third when Lester lined out to center.
Addison Russell and Daniel Murphy walked to load the bases, and
Bryant hit a sacrifice fly.
Milwaukee All-Star reliever Josh Hader struck out all six batters he
faced in the seventh and eighth innings.
--Field Level Media
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