MILWAUKEE — NL MVP Kris Bryant broke out of his early slump by driving in his first three runs of the season and the Chicago Cubs overcame a shaky start by Kyle Hendricks to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-6 Saturday night.
Bryant had managed a mere single in 16 at-bats this year before going 3 for 6. He hit a two-run double in the third inning and an RBI single in the fourth.
The World Series champions got a season-high 17 hits. Javier Baez got two hits and drove in two runs, a day after he was bruised around the left eye in an outfield collision and left the game.
An infield single by Hendricks put the Cubs ahead to stay 5-4 in the fifth off reliever Jhan Marinez (0-2).
Hendricks (1-0), who led the majors with a 2.13 ERA last year, made his first start of the season and gave up a leadoff home run to Jonathan Villar.
The Brewers scored four times in the first. Hendricks later was tagged for a home by Nick Franklin and left after the sixth with a 6-4 lead.
Jett Bandy homered in the Milwaukee ninth.
Making his first start of the season in place of injured Junior Guerra, Tommy Milone lasted just four innings.