The Milwaukee Brewers entered the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals but failed to close the game out as Dexter Fowler’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 4.
That bit of misfortune didn’t cost Milwaukee the win, however, as St. Louis closer Greg Holland walked four batters in the top of the 10th to gift the Brewers a 5-4 victory.
Matt Albers, filling in for the injured Corey Knebel, pitched both the ninth and 10th innings for Milwaukee, earning the win.
Offensively for Milwaukee, Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored, and Travis Shaw scored three runs and collected two hits.
The Brewers and Cardinals rematch for the second game of a three game set on Tuesday night in St. Louis. Brent Super is the starter for Milwaukee and Carlos Martinez takes the hill for the Cardinals. First pitch is set for 7:15 PM CT.
MILWAUKEE — Playing for the first time since June 18, Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 at the plate to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2.
Fowler was a triple shy of the cycle, bringing three Chicago base runners across the plate. He was backed by Jason Hammel, who struck out four Milwaukee batters in five innings of work. He gave up four hits and two earned runs, the same as his opposition Jimmy Nelson.
One of Hammel’s hits allowed went to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who went yard in the bottom of the fourth, but Milwaukee’s bats were limited from there, getting shut out the final four innings thanks to Chicago’s bullpen.
Nelson has struggled to a 1-5 record his last nine starts and winless in his last 10 against the Cubs.