Anthony Rizzo started a five-run top of the 11th inning by homering on the first pitch, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the host Milwaukee Brewers Monday night at Miller Park.
Rizzo gave Chicago its seventh consecutive win over the Brewers when he lifted an 88 mph four-seam fastball from Matt Albers (3-2) soaring into the second deck in right field.
His 11th homer gave Rizzo an RBI for an eighth game in a row.
Chicago won for the 13th time in 17 games despite Rizzo earlier encountering some tough luck.
In the fourth, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a tumbling catch on Rizzo’s sinking liner, preventing a single in a one-run game. Two innings later, Rizzo drove a 3-0 fastball from Josh Hader into the upper deck in right field, but it sliced just foul, preventing the Cubs from taking a 4-2 lead.
Rizzo’s near-miss against Hader occurred after Jason Heyward dropped a single to right field to score Ben Zobrist. Zobrist was in scoring position after advancing to second on a flyout and staying there when second baseman Jonathan Villar dropped the relay throw from center fielder Lorenzo Cain.
Hader allowed a run for the first time in 10 appearances since May 5 and allowed his third hit to a left-hander. The Brewers also dropped to 21-1 when Hader appears in a game. The lefty gave up a run on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Zobrist followed Rizzo’s homer with an RBI single after Javier Baez drew a two-out walk, stole his second base of the game and advanced to third on an error. Albert Almora Jr. then added his second RBI single of the game for a 5-2 margin, and Heyward roped a two-run double to left-center field.
Almora and Heyward had three hits apiece for the Cubs, who were 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Four Chicago relievers combined on five scoreless innings after Jose Quintana allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. Randy Rosario (3-0) pitched two perfect innings, and Anthony Bass ended the nearly four-hour game with a scoreless bottom of the 11th.
Before Milwaukee’s meltdown, Erik Kratz and Villar hit solo homers in the third and fifth innings, respectively, off Quintana. Braun also made a leaping catch to rob Willson Contreras of a homer in the sixth.
Almora hit an RBI single in the fifth off Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra, who held Chicago to one run on five hits in six innings.
—Field Level Media