Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Russell's blast caps rally as Cubs jolt Brewers

Russell's blast caps rally as Cubs jolt Brewers

"And he's on his way to that".

Those numbers are similar to his start a year ago, when he went 0-3 with an 8.78 ERA through his first three starts but went 11-4 with a 3.54 ERA over his final 25 outings. We are a home run-hitting team. Schwarber had led off the first 14 games and was replaced by Matt Szczur. Chen tossed seven innings, allowing no hits, striking out two and walking two.

The Cubs got one of the runs back in the sixth on an RBI single by Willson Contreras, and Russell blooped a single into right field [VIDEO] with runners on first and third in the eighth, making it 4-3. A ninth inning single from Kris Bryant tied it, and two hitters later, Russell's second home run of the season ended the game in emphatic fashion.

Addy's homer? Of course you want to see it again!

All the home runs were to left field and into a stiff 8 miles per hour wind.

Chicago (8-7) won its second straight - both comeback victories - while Milwaukee (8-8) has lost two in a row.

Cubs: Anderson was hit in the lower left leg by a hard grounder in the first inning but stayed in the game.

But Hoyer is a good soldier and a good talker, a counterweight to baseball boss Theo Epstein and someone who can bring his two World Series rings from the Boston Red Sox into the conversation.

CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 1 Dexter Fowler hit his first two home runs for St. Louis, which swept Pittsburgh with its third consecutive victory over the Pirates.

White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera dove to take a hit from Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning.

Kyle Seager almost matched his teammate, driving in four runs on two hits. Schwarber had reached base with a lead-off bunt and moved to second on a passed ball.

Milwaukee will counter with right-hander Zach Davies, himself trying to get into a groove after emerging as the team's most consistent starter a year ago.

Having lost five of the first eight games at home was unexpected to the Wrigley Field faithful over the inaugural homestand of the season for their World Champion Cubs. Tough in the beginning against (Brewers starting pitcher Tommy) Milone; he threw really well today. Kyle Seager also drove in four runs and was on base four times as the Mariners went 6-3 on their only homestand of April. Thames doubled with one out and Ryan Braun singled to put runners on the corners.

"You know when you go for a four-out save that something can happen in the ninth and to the Cubs' credit, they kept extending at-bats", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Identity? For opponents the identity is as clear as the diamond-studded shine of World Series rings that are said to be visible from the global space station.

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