Jesse Winker had two hits with three RBIs, while Garrett Mitchell and Willy Adames drove in two runs apiece, as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-5 on Sunday.
Rookie Brice Turang went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI for the Brewers, who had 13 hits on Sunday, and took the final two games of this three-game set for their first opening series victory since 2019. Eric Lauer (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits while walking two with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for Milwaukee.
Patrick Wisdom hit two solo homers while Dansby Swanson, Yan Gomes and Cody Bellinger each had an RBI for Chicago, which was outscored 12-6 following Thursday's 4-0 victory. Meanwhile, Jameson Taillon (0-1) allowed three runs and seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts over four innings during his Cubs debut.
Chicago wasted no time getting to Lauer. Nico Hoerner (two hits) led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second, then scored on Swanson's seventh hit of the series.
Milwaukee answered with a run in the top of the second. Rowdy Tellez opened with a walk, went to third on Victor Caratini's single and scored on Turang's double to right field.
The Cubs regained the lead in the bottom of the second, when Wisdom golfed a Lauer breaking ball over the left field bleachers. However, the Brewers tied it again in the top of the third.
Christian Yelich (two hits) singled, went to third when Winker was out trying to stretch a single into a double and scored on Adames' fly ball to center. Milwaukee took its first lead of the day in the fourth, when Brian Anderson singled and scored on Mitchell's triple to right.
The Brewers broke things open with five runs in the sixth off Chicago's Julian Merryweather. Winker's two-run, opposite-field single to left was followed by a bloop RBI single from Adames. Milwaukee made it 7-2 after Anderson's sacrifice fly, then Mitchell added an RBI single to center.
Winker delivered a sacrifice fly in the seventh to give Milwaukee a 9-2 advantage.
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