MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers mobbed Ryan Braun at home plate after he scored the winning run by beating a desperate throw home from catcher Willson Contreras.

It was a satisfying end to an 11-inning game for Milwaukee against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

Braun scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Mike Montgomery with one out, and the Brewers turned crucial double plays in the 10th and 11th innings to beat their NL Central rivals 2-1 on Friday night.

''It was a fun game, for sure,'' Milwaukee manage Craig Counsell said. ''The bottom line was we pitched really well. We pitched outstanding.''

Jared Hughes (1-0) provided 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, getting two double plays. The one in the 11th was started on a nice stab by first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

Brewers fans cheered loudly, drowning out the sea of blue-clad Cubs fans who made up about two-thirds of the crowd of 28,000-plus at Miller Park.

''Get ahead, get the ball down,'' said Hughes about his mindset when he got into the jams. ''If I can get the ball down, my sinker will put the ball in the ground, so get ahead and get the ball in the ground.''

The Cubs had a more pressing concern in the clubhouse. Second baseman Javier Baez left the game in the sixth with a left eye contusion after colliding with outfielder Jason Heyward for a shallow fly that fell for a hit.

Baez stayed still on the ground for a few seconds face down before raising his head and giving a thumb-up sign.

''It looked like it was going to start swelling. He said he was all right, but I didn't feel good about it,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''He insisted he was good, but I wasn't convinced. I'm certain he'll be fine by tomorrow.''

Baez walked back to the dugout sporting a welt around his left eye. The Cubs said Baez was not in the concussion protocol.


The play happened on the anniversary of Kyle Schwarber's major knee injury, when he collided with Dexter Fowler chasing a fly ball in Arizona.

''Stop. I'm just saying,'' Heyward said when a reporter brought up the anniversary. ''He said he was OK. Hopefully, he's OK tomorrow.''


The left-handed Montgomery (0-2) was in his third inning of work when he got an 0-2 count on Manny Pina before throwing a changeup that bounced past Contreras, allowing Braun to score the winning run.

Braun led off the inning with a single before moving to third after Jesus Aguilar walked and Jett Bandy was hit by pitch.

''We didn't have great at-bats, I didn't think. But that inning guys just kept the at-bat alive,'' Counsell said.


NL MVP Kris Bryant ended a season-opening 0-for-14 slump by just beating out an infield single that bounced off third base in the fifth. ... Ben Zobrist's solo shot in the second gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead that stood until the sixth, when Aguilar had an RBI single.


Cubs: Left-hander Brett Anderson had an effective debut for Chicago, allowing five hits and a run along with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Anderson came to the Cubs in the offseason following an injury-filled 2016 campaign with the Dodgers.

Brewers: Jimmy Nelson struck out eight and allowed a run on four hits over six effective innings. He's trying to bounce back from an 8-16 season last year.


Brewers: OF Keon Broxton was eager to return to the batter's box a day after getting hit in the helmet by a 92 mph fastball. Broxton wasn't in the starting lineup but entered the game as a defensive replacement. He struck out in his only at-bat. ''I'm not scared to go back in there. I don't care. It was just an accident. I'm ready, man,'' he said.


Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks, who led the majors with a 2.13 ERA in 2016, makes his season debut. Hendricks is 5-1 with a 1.82 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park.

Brewers: LHP Tommy Milone (0-0) joins the rotation in place of opening day starter Junior Guerra, who will be out about six weeks with a strained right calf. Milone made his Brewers debut on Monday when he replaced Guerra on the mound.


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