Arcia, Hiura power Brewers over Cubs 6-5
CHICAGO. (AP) -Keston Hiura and Orlando Arcia homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Sunday for their third straight win against the NL Central leaders.
Arcia had three hits and scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Braun’s seventh-inning single off Jason Adam (0-1) at Wrigley Field. Hiura belted a tying three-run drive in the third for his fifth homer.
“Doing it here at Wrigley, we were able to come back and win three consecutive games, that’s huge for us,” Hiura said. “It’s good to see the offense coming alive, breaking the potential of what this lineup can do.”
Eric Yardley (1-0), the first of four Milwaukee relievers, pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Josh Hader got three outs for his fifth save.
Hader, David Phelps and Devin Williams combined to strike out six over the final three innings. The Cubs struck out 53 times during the four-game set.
“The first 15, 16 games, we just couldn’t put anything together,” Hader said. “We’d win one, we’d lose one. We’d pitch and we couldn’t hit. Then we hit and we couldn’t pitch. So to come in and play three good games to close out this series gives us some momentum going forward.”
Steven Souza Jr. and Jason Kipnis each drove in two runs for Chicago.
Cubs left-hander Jon Lester permitted five runs and nine hits in six innings. The veteran left-hander allowed just two runs in his first three starts of the year.
“Unfortunately, when you give up a three-run and a two-run homer, it’s tough to come back,” Lester said. “I feel like (if) a couple of things go our way this weekend, we’re 3-1 (in the series) instead of 1-3.”
Brewers starter Josh Lindblom also struggled, allowing five runs in five-plus innings. He struck out eight and walked four.
The Cubs jumped on top 3-0 in the first. Kyle Schwarber singled in Anthony Rizzo and scored on Souza’s two-run double.
Lester retired his first seven batters before running into trouble. Luis Urias and Arcia hit consecutive singles with one out in the third. After Braun struck out, Hiura sent a drive deep to center.
Before the homer, Hiura was mired in a 1-for-21 slide.
In the fifth, Urias led off with a triple and Arcia followed with a two-run homer to put the Brewers on top 5-3.
The Cubs tied it on a two-run single by Kipnis with two out in the sixth.
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