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Brewers top Cubs to narrow wild-card lead

Brewers top Cubs to narrow wild-card lead

"I was concerned something like this may be the result, " manager Joe Maddon said before the Cubs played the Brewers. For the Brewers, Adrian Houser started on the bump, and he pitched six innings of 4-run ball, in which he fanned six.

Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers' five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 Sunday to earn another series victory.

To replace Baez at shortstop, the Cubs must turn to Addison Russell. a capable batter who has struggled in the field this season.

Yasmani Grandal also finished the game with two hits including an 8th inning home run that tied the game at 2.

With the win, Milwaukee climbs to within 3 games of the second wild-card spot in the National League and secures at least a split of their four-game set against the Cubs.

The Milwaukee Brewers had a final chance this weekend to deal direct damage to the Chicago Cubs' grasp on the second NL wild card, and they didn't waste it.

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Bote didn't wait there long as Lester doubled him home. Russell was able to temporarily remain in the game after the fastball, which seemed to graze Russell's batting helmet before making contact with Russell's head, once he was examined by trainers but was pulled following the conclusion of the half-inning. Russell stole second and later scored on right fielder Christian Yelich's throwing error.

Lester allowed eight runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. Catcher Willson Contreras caught Little as he turned and buckled over.

With a pair of base hits rounding out his performance, Yelich turned in his first multi-hit game of the month and 46th such game of the year.

Lester came unglued in the bottom of the fourth, with the Brew Crew scoring five runs on four hits and one walk.

Hultzen was the second overall pick by Seattle in the 2011 draft but was beset by injuries in the minors. Former Brewer Brandon Kintzler was charged with the loss for the Cubs after yielding the game-winning hit. Cubs are 3-0 in his last three starts.