Kyle Schwarber put Cubs some distance ahead of Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of the four-game series on Thursday night. Schwarber started the five-run sixth inning that made Chicago Cubs win 10-5.
Brewers dropped 7 games behind the NL Central first-place St. Louis and five games behind Cubs for the second wild-card spot. Chicago Cubs are 2 games behind Cardinals who blew San Francisco 10-0.
Schwarber said that they are fighting for the division and whenever they take the first game, it’s is a positive step.
In the sixth, Cubs loaded the bases with two singles and a walk over Matt Albers. Rizzo then made a sacrifice fly to right field that lifted Chicago 5-4.
Willson Contreras got on a swinging bunt and reloaded the bases. Schwarber went on and sent the first pitch 442 feet to right-center for his 34th homer and second grand slam of the season.
Starter Jose Quintana allowed four runs on five hits, he was much better than in his previous 12 starts and improved to 9-1. Contreras drove two runs on four hits and in his second double, he doubled in the eighth inning and then headed to the bag instead of tripling.
Ben Zobrist scored three times, with three singles and two walks. Bote, who was called from the minor, made it 10-5 in the ninth and reached his 11th homer.
Yasmani Grandal evened the runs at 4 in the fifth inning with a two-run homer off Quintana. Then Contreras made his 21st homer to open the fourth off Chase Anderson. Rizzo two-run finally put Cubs ahead with 4-2 in the fifth.
Hernan Perez upped Brewers 2-1 in the second with a two-run homer, his sixth.
Cub closer to being sidelined for ten days due to elbow inflammation.
Cubs LHP Cole Hamels will make his fifth start this season against Milwaukee. In seven starts, Cole is 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA in his last seven starts.
Brewers RHP Zach Davies is 0-5 with a 7.76 ERA over his last six starts.