Chicago Cubs storm past Milwaukee Brewers, snap four-game slide

SAN DIEGO - Shelby Miller allowed four hits over 7 1/3 innings and Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer as Arizona cruised past San Diego.

One apparent thing missing early on had been a lack of slugging. Two walks and a hit lead to the Cubs scoring a run against Carlos Torres in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a 4-2 ball game. So far this year, he two long balls. Chicago is 9-3 in Hendricks' last 12 division starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. "I felt more relaxed. He threw a fastball".

CINCINNATI - Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam and Joey Votto added a two-run homer to lift Cincinnati past Baltimore.

Even though the optics hadn't been good, Cubs relievers came into the game with an ERA of 3.83, and they lowered that to 3.53 Wednesday to go along with a WHIP of 1.20.

Manager Joe Maddon said he agreed with Rizzo's assessment.

On each player's ring, it reads: "We never quit". That is a fact - it's in the ring. Since then, his plate appearances have gone: intentional walk, walk, double, two-run home run, double, solo home run, single, walk, walk, single, walk, solo home run. "They do a good job of not missing it".

TORONTO - Andrew Benintendi's two-out double in the eighth inning provided the decisive run as Boston held on.

The win pushed the Cubs (8-7) one game above.500 as they look to regain control of the NL Central lead now held by the Reds (9-5).

"Sometimes you just need an at bat like that to get going", Russell said of his eighth-inning single. "But we just keep coming back for more".

But after finally winning the World Series, are you surprised this is still where the Cubs - and the media covering the team - are at now? Not having the home run element as a tool can be impactful to that offensive thrust. For now, the Cubs will have to grind out wins.

Cubs starter John Lackey (1-2) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. "We really had to battle". Brett Anderson gave up 6 runs on 8 hits over 3.2 innings with 5 strikeouts, ultimately not factoring in the decision.

  • Todd Kelly