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WATCH: Patrick Wisdom’s latest homer helps Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee Brewers

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Patrick Wisdom’s three-run home run capped a five-run eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 6-4 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday, delaying the host Brewers’ quest for a division title.

The Cubs, who had lost 11 straight against Milwaukee, erased a 2-1 deficit in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras drew a lead-off walk from Brad Boxberger (5-4), who came on to open the inning. Matt Duffy followed with an RBI double down the left-field line. Frank Schwindel followed with a run-scoring double to left-center.

Jandel Gustave relieved Boxberger and walked David Bote. Wisdom, who struck out in his first three at-bats, then sent a 2-1 pitch 430 feet to center for his 27th homer, the most in a single season by a Cubs rookie. Kris Bryant had 26 homers as a rookie in 2015.

Milwaukee scored two in the ninth and left the bases loaded. Christian Yelich followed a pair of walks with a two-run single with two outs off Rowan Wick to make it 6-4. Omar Narvaez followed with a single and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Luis Urias walked to load the bases. Michael Rucker entered for Chicago and retired Jace Peterson on a fly out to deep center.

Adam Morgan (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory. Codi Heuer tossed a perfect eighth. Rucker got the one-out save, his first.

Milwaukee’s magic number remained at three over St. Louis in the NL Central. The Brewers (91-58), who secured a playoff spot on Saturday, lead the Cardinals by 11 1/2 games. St. Louis, which leads the tightly contested chase for the second wild card spot, opens a four-game series Monday at Milwaukee. The Cardinals defeated San Diego 8-7 on Sunday for their eighth consecutive victory.

Brewers starter Eric Lauer allowed just one hit in 5 1/3 innings. It was Trayce Thompson’s one-out solo homer in the fifth, his first since 2018 when he was with the White Sox.

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The Brewers answered in the bottom of the fifth with two runs off Adrian Sampson for a 2-1 lead. Jackie Bradley Jr., who had one hit in his last 34 at-bats and hitless in his last 18, walked to open. Kolten Wong and Eduardo Escobar followed with consecutive RBI doubles.

–Field Level Media

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