Contreras and Cubs continue to rally, edge Brewers 6-5 in 11th

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras hit an RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs kept coming back, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Contreras hit a two-run homer in the fifth. He hit his third home run in three games and his 20th this year – the three-time All-Star is the first Cubs receiver to go deep 20 times in four seasons.

The Cubs scored once in the 9th to tie, once more in the 10th to keep it tied, and ultimately won in the 11th.

Patrick Wisdom passed home autorunner Nico Hoerner to make it 5-all. Wisdom was then thrown to the plate trying to score on Nick Madrigal’s striker, but Contreras picked Peter Strzelecki (1-1) to end it.

Erich Uelmen (2-1), the Cubs’ fourth reliever, had four outs.

Andrew McCutchen scored from third in the top of the 11th on a ground ball from Kolten Wong to put Milwaukee ahead 5-4.

In the 10th, Cubs autorunner Ian Happ scored from third on Franmil Reyes’ short sacrificial volley. Left fielder Christian Yelich charged and caught the ball, but dropped it as he prepared to throw to home plate. Reyes ran in second place in the game, but the hold was confirmed by video review.

Pinch hitter Mike Brosseau singled auto-runner Luis Urias in the top of the inning to give the Brewers a 4-3 lead.

Madrigal’s third single of the game, two out at ninth and just over Wong’s glove at second base, drove Wisdom from second to tie. Madrigal had three hits for the second straight game.

Devin Williams missed the save in ninth place for the Cubs, walking three walks and allowing Madrigal’s blooper. Taylor Rogers retired Ian Happ with the bases loaded to send the game to extra innings.

Willy Adames homered two-run off Rowan Wick in the eighth to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead. Milwaukee finished with just four hits.

The start of the match was delayed 41 minutes by rain. The showers returned in the top of the eighth, but the game continued.


Contreras is the 17th Cubs player to hit 20 or more homers in at least four seasons.

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Wisdom fouled on five pitches before stepping on Williams’ 10th against him in the ninth to help equalize.


Brewers: Reinstated C Omar Narváez (left quadriceps strain) from IL and placed him in the starting lineup. Narváez had been out since August 3. “Omar is kind of an important player for us,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s good to get it back.” Narváez batted eighth and went 0 for 3. To make room on the roster, Milwaukee went for C Mario Feliciano in Triple-A Nashville.

Cubs: Placed RHP Keegan Thompson on the 15-day IL with lower back tightness and recalled RHP Anderson Espinoza from Triple-A Iowa. Thompson is 9-5 with a 3.97 ERA and leads Chicago in wins. Manager David Ross doesn’t think Thompson’s injury is serious but said it affected the 27-year-old right-hander on Friday against Milwaukee when he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a second start consecutive staggering. … Espinoza was called up from the minors for the sixth time this season and is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six games for the Cubs in 2022.


RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.53 ERA) and LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.43 ERA) pitch Sunday in the series finale. Woodruff is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his last nine starts for Milwaukee. Steele is winless in three August starts for Chicago, but he has a 1.08 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his last 16 2/3 innings.


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