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Marisnick stars as Cubs pound Brewers for 4th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) – Jake Marisnick homered and matched a career-high with five RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 15-2 on Friday for their fourth straight victory. Marisnick, a reserve outfielder known chiefly for his defensive prowess, had two hits and scored three times in his third consecutive start. Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez, and Willson Contreras also connected for Chicago, coming off a three-game sweep of the New York Mets. Nico Hoerner had three hits at the first start of the season.

“I just stay ready,” he said. “I’m going to try to find a way to impact the game one way or another.

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-2) pitched six innings of two-run ball in his first win of the season. He struck out six and walked one, bouncing back nicely after a rough start against Atlanta.

“I made better pitches overall,” he said. “I just need to continue down that road.”

Milwaukee had won three in a row. Kolten Wong and Billy McKinney hit consecutive homers in the sixth, but that was for the Brewers’ offense.

Wong finished with three hits in his first game since April 8. An oblique injury had sidelined him.


Brewers left-hander Brett Anderson (2-2) departed with right knee discomfort after throwing just 11 pitches. After the game, he said he would undergo an MRI to determine the source of pain in his lower hamstring. “I went to try to stretch it out a little bit, and then the next pitch, it kind of grabbed on me,” Anderson said. “Nothing was an issue up until that point.”

After Contreras grounded out, Kris Bryant and Rizzo doubled, and Báez singled before Josh Lindblom replaced Anderson. Marisnick added a three-run double, and Hoerner capped Chicago’s six-run first with an RBI double. Rizzo and Báez hit consecutive homers in the second, and Marisnick added another solo drive in the fourth. Contreras hit his sixth homer off Angel Perdomo in the sixth.

The Brewers gave up 17 hits Friday after allowing 15 hits and three runs during a three-game sweep at San Diego. Manager Craig Counsell didn’t seem too concerned.

“The last thing I wanted was to get us kind of behind the eight ball for the first day of this stretch here,” he said. “I think Josh threw 80 pitches, kind of sucked it up, helped us out.”


The Cubs had 17 batted balls over 102 mph, an MLB Statcast-era record (since 2015).


Brewers: Counsell said OF Christian Yelich (lower back) won’t be back Saturday, the first day he is eligible to return from the 10-day injured list. … RF Avisaíl García left after the first with what Counsell called back tightness. … Milwaukee made room for Wong (left oblique strain) by placing utility player Jace Peterson (left thumb) on the injured list. Cubs: RHP Shelby Miller (low back strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list, and LHP Kyle Ryan was recalled from the team’s alternate site. Ryan pitched two scoreless innings.


Milwaukee right-hander Freddy Peralta (2-0, 2.00 ERA) goes on Saturday, making his third start this month against the Cubs. Right-hander Adbert Alzolay (0-2, 6.10 ERA) pitches for Chicago.

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