Anthony Rizzo homered down the right-field line on the first pitch of a five-run 11th inning to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Monday night and jump into first place in the NL Central.
Rizzo turned on a fastball down the middle from Matt Albers (3-2) for a towering shot that snapped a 2-all tie. The Cubs scored four more runs in the inning with two outs, including a two-run double by Jason Heyward.
Trailing 2-1 most of the night, the Cubs scored six times over the last four innings against the Brewers' normally lights-out bullpen. Chicago took a half-game lead in the division and won its seventh straight over Milwaukee.
Randy Rosario (3-0) retired all six batters he faced for the win.
After being held to one run by starter Junior Guerra, the Cubs broke through in the eighth against a bullpen with a league-best 2.53 ERA. The left-handed-hitting Heyward, who had three hits and three RBIs, tied the game at 2 with a run-scoring single to right off lefty reliever Josh Hader.
The Brewers are now 1-8 against the Cubs this season – that was a walk-off win – while scoring two runs or less eight times.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) 12 de junio de 2018
Until tonight, Milwaukee this year had been 21-0 in games where Josh Hader pitches.
The Cubs are back in first place.
Left-handed hitters were 2 for 36 against Hader before Heyward's single.
The Cubs dented the Brewers' bullpen again three innings later for their fifth win in six games. Albers allowed five runs on three hits, leaving with two outs in the 11th. His ERA ballooned from 1.93 to 3.45.
Guerra struck out four while allowing five hits and two walks, aided by two double plays and two highlight-reel catches in left by Ryan Braun.
He made a diving grab to prevent Rizzo's flare from falling for a hit to lead off the fourth. Two innings later, Braun made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Willson Contreras of a game-tying homer.
But the Brewers couldn't bring back Rizzo's no-doubt shot in the 11th.