Yelich homers, Hader gets 8 outs, Brewers beat slumping Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Coming off four days of rest, All-Star reliever Josh Hader was ready for an extended outing for Milwaukee on Sunday.

Not what the slumping Chicago Cubs needed at the end of a miserable, season-opening road trip.

Christian Yelich homered and drove in three, Hader completed an eight-out save and the Brewers beat the Cubs 4-2 to take two of three in the series.

The Cubs lost for the seventh time in eight games, dropping to 2-7 ahead of their home opener Monday.

Chicago threatened with two baserunners in the seventh inning, but a well-rested Hader entered to clean up that mess and cruised from there. The hard-throwing left-hander struck out three over 2 2/3 perfect innings, throwing 36 pitches for his fifth save. He hadn't pitched since Tuesday against Cincinnati.

''We rode him a long time today,'' Yelich said. ''You know when he has that much rest, he is going to come out and be pretty good.''

Zach Davies (1-0) pitched effectively into the sixth, helping Milwaukee win for the seventh time in eight games. The Brewers have won 15 of their last 16 regular season series dating to last year.

''Everything felt pretty good today,'' Davies said.

Willson Contreras' two-run homer in the sixth against Davies was unearned, and that was all Chicago could muster at the plate. Davies pitched 5 2/3 innings of five-hit ball, and Alex Claudio got two outs before handing off to Hader.

The teams combined for 45 runs in the first two games, including a 13-10 Brewers win Friday, before pitching took over in the finale.

''We've shown, and what I like, is that we can win games in different ways,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''That's what a deep team should be able to do.''

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was pleased with his team's play despite the loss.

''It doesn't always work out as a win, but if you play enough good games and you play the game right, you win your fair share,'' Maddon said.

Yelich struck a two-run homer in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks (0-2), his fifth of the season and 100th of his career.

Travis Shaw's run-scoring single in the third made it 3-0. Milwaukee loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but managed just one run on Yelich's sacrifice fly.

Hendricks surrendered four runs and eight hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four over 75 pitches.

After giving up a single to Ben Zobrist to lead off the game, Davies (1-0) retired nine in row before Kris Bryant's one-out bloop single in the fourth.

Davies cruised until the sixth, when Anthony Rizzo reached on first baseman Eric Thames' error and Javier Baez had an infield hit. Milwaukee nearly escaped with a groundball double play, but Contreras hit a two-run homer to chase Davies.

The Cubs threatened again the seventh, putting runners on the corners with one out before Hader came on to record the final two outs, including a strikeout of Rizzo.

FIRST FOR YELICH

Yelich hit his first home run against the Cubs since joining the Brewers last season.

''It's crazy because we play them so much,'' Yelich said. ''They always pitch me tough.''

BRYANT STRUGGLING

Bryant has started slowly after struggling late last season due to a left shoulder injury. He was lifted from Saturday night's game after striking out in four consecutive at-bats. Bryant went 1 for 4 Sunday and is hitting .231.

''He's working through some things right now, but the big thing is he's healthy,'' Maddon said. ''He's an elite player. He's going to start hitting, I really believe that.''

ROSTER MOVE

The Brewers recalled RHP Jake Petricka from Triple-A San Antonio. RHP Taylor Williams was optioned to San Antonio.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: 1B Jesus Aguilar, LF Ryan Braun and C Yasmani Grandal, all regular starters, got the day off.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Chicago will open at home Monday against Pittsburgh. Jon Lester (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will make his third start of the season. He's 9-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 18 career starts against the Pirates.

Brewers: Jhoulys Chacin (2-0, 4.22) will take the mound in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Angels.

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  • W: Z. Davies (1-0)L: K. Hendricks (0-2)S: J. Hader (5)
  • HR: CHC - W. Contreras (3), MIL - C. Yelich (5)
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K. Bryant 3B40100005.231.302.385.6871.0
A. Rizzo 1B41000014.235.395.441.8370.5
J. Baez SS30100111.256.310.564.8741.5
K. Schwarber LF40000004.250.333.469.8020.0
W. Contreras C41121002.364.517.8641.3817.0
D. Descalso 2B30000010.348.423.522.945-0.5
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A. Webster P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Heyward CF-RF30000110.333.400.6331.0330.5
K. Hendricks P10000000.000.333.000.3330.0
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T. Chatwood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Almora CF10000100.226.273.226.4991.0
  • a-struck out for Webster in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Hendricks in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF52200013.368.432.553.9843.5
C. Yelich RF31231100.361.489.8891.37810.0
T. Shaw 3B40110012.194.359.290.6491.5
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M. Moustakas 2B-3B30000112.156.270.406.6770.5
E. Thames 1B40000033.267.267.667.933-1.5
M. Pina C30100102.222.417.222.6392.0
B. Gamel LF41200012.222.263.278.5412.5
O. Arcia SS30100122.233.324.433.7571.0
Z. Davies P30100004.200.200.200.4001.0
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Perez 2B10000010.308.357.538.896-0.5
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Contreras (3)
    • RBI - W. Contreras 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras 2 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant 2 (2), A. Rizzo 2 (2), J. Baez, W. Contreras 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Yelich (5)
    • SF - C. Yelich
    • RBI - C. Yelich 3 (13), T. Shaw (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Shaw 2 (2), J. Hader, M. Pina 2 (2), O. Arcia 2 (2), Z. Davies 4 (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Shaw-Arcia-Thames)
    • E - E. Thames
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Hendricks (L, 0-2)4.08441416.482.64-4.0
    T. Chatwood1.10002307.201.802.5
    K. Ryan1.12000109.002.001.5
    A. Webster1.10001205.401.203.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Hendricks (L, 0-2)4.0
    T. Chatwood1.1
    K. Ryan1.1
    A. Webster1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Davies (W, 1-0)5.25202111.691.4115.5
    A. Claudio (H, 3)0.21001102.081.38-1.5
    J. Hader (S, 5)2.20000300.000.2614.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Davies (W, 1-0)5.2
    A. Claudio (H, 3)0.2
    J. Hader (S, 5)2.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Chatwood
    • IBB - A. Webster
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 75-46, T. Chatwood 29-14, K. Ryan 20-14, A. Webster 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 2-6, K. Ryan 2-1, A. Webster 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 21, T. Chatwood 7, K. Ryan 6, A. Webster 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 89-56, A. Claudio 20-8, J. Hader 36-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 7-9, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Hader 2-3
    • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 24, A. Claudio 4, J. Hader 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Zobrist RF-2B40300000.345.441.345.7863.0
    K. Bryant 3B40100005.231.302.385.6871.0
    A. Rizzo 1B41000014.235.395.441.8370.5
    J. Baez SS30100111.256.310.564.8741.5
    K. Schwarber LF40000004.250.333.469.8020.0
    W. Contreras C41121002.364.517.8641.3817.0
    D. Descalso 2B30000010.348.423.522.945-0.5
    K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Webster P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- M. Zagunis PH10000010.385.385.6151.000-0.5
    J. Heyward CF-RF30000110.333.400.6331.0330.5
    K. Hendricks P10000000.000.333.000.3330.0
    b- D. Bote PH10000001.375.444.500.9440.0
    T. Chatwood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Almora CF10000100.226.273.226.4991.0
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    • a-struck out for Webster in the 9th
    • b-lined out for Hendricks in the 5th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Cain CF52200013.368.432.553.9843.5
    C. Yelich RF31231100.361.489.8891.37810.0
    T. Shaw 3B40110012.194.359.290.6491.5
    J. Hader P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    M. Moustakas 2B-3B30000112.156.270.406.6770.5
    E. Thames 1B40000033.267.267.667.933-1.5
    M. Pina C30100102.222.417.222.6392.0
    B. Gamel LF41200012.222.263.278.5412.5
    O. Arcia SS30100122.233.324.433.7571.0
    Z. Davies P30100004.200.200.200.4001.0
    A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Perez 2B10000010.308.357.538.896-0.5
    Total344104141021-----
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Contreras (3)
      • RBI - W. Contreras 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant 2 (2), A. Rizzo 2 (2), J. Baez, W. Contreras 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Yelich (5)
      • SF - C. Yelich
      • RBI - C. Yelich 3 (13), T. Shaw (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Shaw 2 (2), J. Hader, M. Pina 2 (2), O. Arcia 2 (2), Z. Davies 4 (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Shaw-Arcia-Thames)
      • E - E. Thames
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks (L, 0-2)4.08441416.482.64-4.0
      T. Chatwood1.10002307.201.802.5
      K. Ryan1.12000109.002.001.5
      A. Webster1.10001205.401.203.0
      Total8.010444101---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks (L, 0-2)4.0
      T. Chatwood1.1
      K. Ryan1.1
      A. Webster1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Davies (W, 1-0)5.25202111.691.4115.5
      A. Claudio (H, 3)0.21001102.081.38-1.5
      J. Hader (S, 5)2.20000300.000.2614.5
      Total9.0620351---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Davies (W, 1-0)5.2
      A. Claudio (H, 3)0.2
      J. Hader (S, 5)2.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Chatwood
      • IBB - A. Webster
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 75-46, T. Chatwood 29-14, K. Ryan 20-14, A. Webster 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 2-6, K. Ryan 2-1, A. Webster 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 21, T. Chatwood 7, K. Ryan 6, A. Webster 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 89-56, A. Claudio 20-8, J. Hader 36-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 7-9, A. Claudio 1-0, J. Hader 2-3
      • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 24, A. Claudio 4, J. Hader 8
      • 6TH INNING
        Contreras homered to right center, Rizzo scored24
      • 4TH INNING
        Yelich hit sacrifice fly to center, Gamel scored, Arcia to third04
      • 3RD INNING
        Shaw singled to right, Cain scored, Yelich to second03
      • 1ST INNING
        Yelich homered to right center, Cain scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mark Zagunis hit for Allen Webster
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Zagunis struck out on foul tip
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Hader Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to left
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Contreras flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Webster Pitching:
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cain grounded out to third
        • C. Yelich: Yelich intentionally walked
        • J. Hader: Ball, Strike looking, Hader grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Claudio Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora walked
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist singled to right, Almora to third
        • Josh Hader pitching
        • Hernan Perez at second base
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Bryant popped out to second
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Ryan Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas lined out to right
        • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Thames struck out on foul tip
        • M. Pina: Ball, Pina singled to left
        • B. Gamel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gamel singled to left, Pina to second
        • Allen Webster relieved Kyle Ryan
        • O. Arcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Rizzo safe at first on 1st baseman Thames throwing error
        • J. Baez: Baez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rizzo to second
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop, Rizzo to third, Baez out at second
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Contreras homered to right center, Rizzo scored
        • Alex Claudio relieved Zach Davies
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Descalso grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • Kyle Ryan pitching
        • Albert Almora in center field
        • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded out to second
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Shaw grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso grounded out to second
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
        • David Bote hit for Kyle Hendricks
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bote lined out to right
        • B. Zobrist: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zobrist singled to left center, Heyward to second
        • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Chatwood pitching
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
        • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pina walked, Moustakas to second
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Gamel lined out to left
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas to third, Pina to second on wild pitch
        • Z. Davies: Strike looking, Strike looking, Davies flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant singled to shallow right center
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo fouled out to third
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez walked, Bryant to second
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to left
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gamel singled to right
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Arcia walked, Gamel to second
        • Z. Davies: Ball, Davies reached on bunt single to shortstop, Gamel to third, Arcia to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain popped out to second
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich hit sacrifice fly to center, Gamel scored, Arcia to third
        • T. Shaw: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike looking, Heyward fouled out to third
        • K. Hendricks: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hendricks grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cain singled to center
        • C. Yelich: Yelich singled to right, Cain to third
        • T. Shaw: Shaw singled to right, Cain scored, Yelich to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • E. Thames: Thames flied out to left
        • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pina flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber flied out to left
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras grounded out to second
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • M. Pina: Ball, Pina popped out to first
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Arcia reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Z. Davies: Ball, Davies grounded into fielder's choice to second, Arcia out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist singled to center
        • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to right
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep center
        • J. Baez: Baez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Zobrist out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cain singled to left
        • C. Yelich: Yelich homered to right center, Cain scored
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw grounded out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to center
        • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)