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Russell's HR caps 4-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4

Russell's HR caps 4-run 9th as Cubs top Brewers 7-4

Russell added a run-scoring single in the eighth to cut the Cubs' deficit to one run.

There was a last-minute flurry of bids for the base Anthony Rizzo stepped on to record the final out in Game 7 against the Indians, ending the Cubs' historic 108-year World Series drought.

Justin Grimm worked a ideal sixth inning for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night and was rewarded for the performance with his first victory of the 2017 season.

"Jimmy pitched much better than his line", Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "We feel strongly about that". "It seems that whenever you kind of count us out, we seem to have a spark". Tommy Milone gets the start on the mound for Milwaukee on Wednesday. Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop, Koji Uehara and Wade Davis (2-0) combined for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits.

Trailing 4-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday, it appeared the Chicago Cubs were on their way to dropping two out of three to their NL Central counterpart.

At the plate: The Cubs put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the eighth, but Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez struck out. But Jon Jay walked with one out in the ninth, took third on a single by pinch-hitter Miguel Montero and scored on Kris Bryant's single. Russell promptly deposited that mistake into the left-center field bleachers to give the Cubs a walk-off victory by a score of 7-4.

"They kept extending at-bats and fouling off pitches, to their credit", Counsell said. Addison Russell delivered that hit - and then some.

Eric Thames walked and Shaw hit his fourth homer of the season - and second in the series - to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

It was an ugly start to the game for the Cubs.

"It was a tough day all around", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "We got, obviously, a lot of talent on this team and we'll just get into it a little bit here". It's on the ring. "We don't quit". It's on the ring man, and that's a ideal example". Anderson pitched a ideal second inning but gave up two more runs in the third. NY got five hits the first time through the order, all on line drives to the outfield.

Chicago (8-7) won its second straight - both comeback victories - while Milwaukee (8-8) has lost two in a row. This sets up Lester to face the Pirates next week and Arrieta to go in Boston when the Cubs get there.

RHP Matt Garza (strained right groin) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class A Wisconsin on Monday night. Zach Davies (0-2, 8.79 ERA) is slated to face off against Carlos Martinez (0-2, 3.57 ERA), with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM CST. He walked four in this game, matching his season high from a year ago, and that makes seven walks in the 16 frames.


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