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Kolten Wong hit a single tiebreaker with two strikeouts in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers moved closer to a playoff berth by beating the Chicago Cubs 8-5 on Friday night.

The Brewers’ magic number to clinch the NL Central title has fallen to four. Their magic number for winning a fourth straight playoff appearance has dropped to two.

Milwaukee scored four points off reliever Rowan Wick (0-1) in the eighth to come back from behind and beat the Cubs for the 10th time in a row. The Brewers’ only longer winning streak against a single opponent in franchise history came in 2008, when they claimed 12 straight wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates.


One night after losing a 7-0 lead in a 17-8 loss to Philadelphia, the Cubs lost a 4-0 advantage.

The Brewers trailed 5-4 in the eighth until Lorenzo Cain equalized with a two-out single that brought home Luis Urías, who had hit a one-out single and climbed home. second on walks from Daniel Vogelbach’s two strikeouts.

Pablo Reyes, who ran for Vogelbach, headed for third on Cain’s single and barely passed right fielder Trayce Thompson’s throw.

After Luke Maile walked to load the bases, Wong hit a 3-2 shot down the center to get Reyes and Cain home. Dillon Maples replaced Wick and threw a wild pitch that got Maile to score from third.

Wong went 3 for 5 and Urías led in three points. Frank Schwindel landed a solo shot for the Cubs, the Brewers’ first starting homer that Adrian Houser had cleared since June 26.

Aaron Ashby (3-0) of Milwaukee struck out five strikes and allowed three hits in three shutout innings. Josh Hader worked the ninth for his 32nd save on 33 occasions.

Alfonso Rivas and Sergio Alcantara hit RBI singles in a four-run explosion in the fourth inning that saw the Cubs break a scoreless tie.

The Brewers scored three points in the lower half as Christian Yelich scored at home Wong, and Urías scored a two-run single. The Brewers threatened to do even more damage charging for goals with an out, but Cain lined up a double play late in the inning.

Chicago extended the lead to 5-3 in the fifth at the Schwindel Circuit. The Brewers responded in the lower half as Urias shot a goal from Codi Heuer, who finished the set by removing Jace Peterson.


Cubs: RHP Manuel Rodriguez entered the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder, likely ending his season. Rodriguez is 3-3 with a 6.11 ERA in 20 relief appearances.

Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell has said the Brewers are hopeful that OF Avisaíl García can resume operations on Saturday and that SS Willy Adames can be activated on Monday. García has not played since Tuesday due to back problems. Adames was added to the injured list on September 5 with a strained left quadriceps.


RHP All-Star Corbin Burnes (10-4, 2.25 ERA) makes his first start since teaming up with Hader in a no-hitting game last weekend as this three-game streak continues Saturday. LHP Justin Steele (3-3, 4.17) throws for the Cubs.

Burnes pitched the first eight innings and Hader worked the ninth in a 3-0 victory Saturday at Cleveland that marked the second without a hitting in Brewers history. Juan Nieves threw one against Baltimore on April 15, 1987.

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