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Cubs End Slide, Edge Brewers

Willson Contreras delivered a two-run homer in the eighth inning and enjoyed his trip around the bases as the Chicago Cubs rallied past Milwaukee 3-2 Tuesday night, ending a three-game skid and snapping the Brewers' three-game winning streak.


Contreras' blast came after he was hit by a pitch from a Brewer for the third time this season.

Contreras hit a towering drive to left-center off Brent Suter (0-1). The long drive delighted the large contingent of Cubs fans at Milwaukee's American Family Field.


After leaving the batter's box, Contreras turned himself around and flipped his bat back toward the Cubs dugout before beginning his trot.


Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff hit Contreras in the fourth inning. Contreras also was hit by pitches from Milwaukee's Devin Williams and Brad Boxberger during the Cubs-Brewers series at Wrigley Field.


This latest incident led to a heated moment between these two NL Central rivals, who are facing off nine times this month.


When Woodruff was at the plate in the fifth inning, Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera threw behind him. Woodruff and Tepera exchanged words afterward.


Milwaukee collected just three hits. The Brewers' only runs came on Luis Urias' two-run homer in the second off Alec Mills, who was pressed into duty because scheduled starter Kyle Hendricks wasn't feeling well.


Christian Yelich missed a second straight game with a sore back. Manager Craig Counsell said it's ''not out of the question'' that the 2018 NL MVP could return for Wednesday afternoon's game. 


The Cubs and Brewers finish their three-game series with a Wednesday matinee in Milwaukee. Scheduled starters are Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.25 ERA) for the Cubs and Corbin Burnes (0-1, 0.73) for the Brewers.

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