Brewers beat Cubs, Lester 8-5
Monday, September 9, 2019

Brewers beat Cubs, Lester 8-5
(MILWAUKEE) – Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers' five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 Sunday to earn another series victory. The Brewers took 3 of 4 at home a week after winning 2 of 3 at Wrigley Field, and that pulled them within two games of the Cubs for the second wild card with three weeks left in the regular season. Staked to a 3-1 lead, Lester (12-10) allowed RBI hits to Ryan Braun and Hernan Perez before Austin delivered his fourth pinch homer this season. Eric Thames added a solo shot off Lester in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor added an RBI single off Duane Underwood Jr. for his first major league hit. Milwaukee's Brent Suter (1-0) followed starter Adrian Houser and pitched scoreless ball across the fifth and sixth innings. Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer off Milwaukee reliever Jimmy Nelson in the top of the ninth. Josh Hader struck out the final two batters for his 29th save in 35 chances Sunday. Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball from Houser. He fell to his knees, holding his head, but eventually was able to compose himself and walk to first base accompanied by Maddon and two trainers. Lester Lester allowed eight runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

Philadelphia 10 – NY Mets 7
Cincinnati 4 – Arizona 3
Washington 9 – Atlanta 4
St. Louis 2 – Pittsburgh 0
San Diego 2 – Colorado 1 (10 innings)
LA Dodgers 5 – San Francisco 0

Miami 9 – Kansas City 0