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Cubs Outslug Brewers

Patrick Wisdom hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the eighth inning, Willson Contreras and P.J. Higgins also went deep, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Tuesday night.


He unloaded on a 3-2 changeup from Brad Boxberger (1-1), a long drive to left for his 11th home run.


Contreras connected in his second straight game, smacking a solo drive in the first against Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer. Contreras moved ahead of his brother William of the Atlanta Braves for the major league lead among catchers with his eighth home run.

Contreras also hit an RBI double and scored in a four-run sixth.


Christopher Morel continued a hot start to his career with a walk and a triple, breaking Contreras' club record by reaching base in his first 14 major-league games.


Mychal Givens (4-0) got four outs, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.


Former Cub Victor Caratini gave Milwaukee a short-lived 6-3 lead in the sixth with a three-run drive against against reliever Rowan Wick.


The Brewers' Tyrone Taylor drove in three runs after hitting home runs in both games on Monday. Christian Yelich had two hits and scored twice.


Seiya Suzuki said through an interpreter he has not noticed any real improvement in his sprained left ring finger and is not sure he'll be ready when he's eligible to return from 10-day injured list on June 6. Suzuki was injured Thursday. 


The Cubs were awaiting test results on LHP Drew Smyly, who exited Monday's second game with right oblique soreness. Smyly has been one of the team's most reliable starters with a 3.80 ERA in nine starts. . Chicago reinstated Nick Madrigal (back) from the 10-day injured list.


The four-game series wraps up, with RHP Jason Alexander making his major league debut for Milwaukee and RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 5.20 ERA) starting for Chicago. The 29-year-old Alexander is 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA in seven starts and nine games for Triple-A Nashville. Hendricks has a 7.36 ERA in his past three outings.

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