Brewers Score 10 in the 8th, Beat Cubs in Series Opener

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Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ reacts as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Willy Adames and Keston Hiura each hit a three-run homer during a 10-run outburst in the eighth inning that lifted the Milwaukee Brewers a 14-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

The Brewers earned their sixth consecutive victory to extend their NL Central lead over the Cubs to four games.

Avisaíl García homered and drove in three runs for the Brewers. Jace Peterson went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Hiura had two hits and four RBIs.

Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom each hit a two-run homer for the Cubs.

Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled home Peterson to break a 4-all tie and start the Brewers’ eighth-inning flurry. Bradley’s RBI double came after Ryan Tepera (0-2) issued consecutive one-out walks to Peterson and Hiura.

The Brewers poured it from there, scoring at least 10 runs in an inning for the first time since April 18, 2010, at Washington.

Tyrone Taylor hit a sacrifice fly and Luis Urias delivered an RBI double that made it 7-4. After Trevor Megill replaced Tepera and intentionally walked Christian Yelich, Adames hit a three-run homer to left-center.

Peterson added an RBI double and Hiura ripped a three-run homer off Megill later in the inning.

Milwaukee broke the game open after the Cubs left the bases loaded in the top half of the eighth against Devin Williams (5-1).

After retiring the first two Cubs batters, Williams allowed a double to Eric Sogard and issued consecutive walks to Sergio Alcántara and Jose Lobaton.

Williams then fell behind 2-0 against pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega before getting him to ground to first on a 3-2 pitch.

Chicago trailed 4-2 before Wisdom’s pinch-hit homer off Brad Boxberger in the seventh. Wisdom’s drive traveled an estimated 435 feet, delighting the Cubs fans who seemed to make up over half the crowd at Milwaukee’s American Family Field.

Freddy Peralta pitched six effective innings for the Brewers, settling down after Happ’s two-run shot in the first. He struck out eight and walked four.

Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks allowed four runs in seven innings. When the Brewers scored twice in the bottom of the first, it ended Hendricks’ streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings.

Hendricks had won each of his last eight starts.

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