It took 15 innings, but the Milwaukee Brewers winning streak is over at seven games.
Chicago catcher Wilson Contreras took reliever Burch Smith deep for a walk-off home run to give the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Brewers Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. It was the third walk-off win for Chicago in the last week and allowed them to retake first place in the NL Central.
On a cold and rainy day, the Milwaukee offense failed to get anything going. The Brewers had just four hits, struck out 17 times and managed to hit into a club-record-tying six double plays on the day. They did get on base, drawing a season-high nine walks, but couldn’t make anything of them. The lone run for the Crew came courtesy of a solo home run by Hernan Perez in the fifth inning.
While the offense struggled, the pitching staff continued its strong work of late. Zach Davies lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.54 after giving up a single run over 6 1/3 innings of work. Six relievers held the Cubs in-check until the Contreras home run.
The two clubs will play the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday night.