MILWAUKEE – Anthony Rizzo turned on the power with a long homer down the right-field line in the 11th inning. Jason Heyward delivered a tying single in the eighth against one of the toughest relievers in baseball.
The Chicago Cubs dented the Milwaukee Brewers’ normally lights-out bullpen to return to first place in the NL Central.
Rizzo’s shot opened the scoring in a five-run 11th, and Heyward drove in three runs during a 7-2 victory on Monday that gave the Cubs a half-game lead in the division.
“Today we piled on late. You could see what we’re capable of doing,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.
Rizzo hit a fastball down the middle from Matt Albers (3-2) for a towering shot that snapped a 2-2 tie. The Cubs scored four more runs in the inning with two outs, including a two-run double by Heyward.
Trailing 2-1 most of the night, Chicago scored six times over the last four innings against the Brewers’ formidable bullpen. The Cubs won their seventh straight over Milwaukee.
Chicago relievers tossed five scoreless innings, with Randy Rosario (3-0) retiring all six batters he faced for the win.
Red Sox 2, Orioles 0 (12)
In Baltimore, Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. each delivered a sacrifice fly in the 12th, and Boston limited the Orioles to five hits.
Xander Bogaerts led off the 12th with a single against Mychal Givens (0-3), and the Red Sox went on to load the bases before Holt broke the scoreless deadlock with a fly to center. Bradley followed with a fly ball to score Rafael Devers.
Mariners 5, Angels 3
In Seattle, Nelson Cruz homered twice and the Mariners overcame Mike Trout’s two home runs in a win over Los Angeles.
Diamondbacks 9, Pirates 3
In Phoenix, Arizona scored two runs on wild pitches in the eighth inning and Jake Lamb hit a tying, three-run homer in the seventh.
Indians 4, White Sox 0
In Chicago, Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 while pitching two-hit ball over seven innings as Cleveland blanked the hosts.
Marlins 7, Giants 5
In Miami, Madison Bumgarner blew a sixth inning lead and was ejected on the way out of his second start this season and the Marlins rallied past San Francisco.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 4
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jake Bauers hit his first career home run to put Tampa Bay ahead in the fourth inning.
Cardinals 5, Padres 2
In St. Louis, Marcell Ozuna and Jose Martinez hit two-run homers, rookie Jack Flaherty pitched into the seventh inning, and the Cardinals beat San Diego for the 13th time in 18 meetings.