Cubs Mount Comeback Against Brewers To Avoid Fifth Straight Loss

After Cubs starter Brett Anderson was pulled in the fourth inning, it appeared the defending champions were headed for a fifth straight loss.

The Brewers took a 6-2 lead after Orlando Arcia went deep, but the dormant Cubs offense finally roared to life in a 9-7 comeback win over Milwaukee. 

Chicago entered Tuesday's game without a regular starter batting over .290 and having outscored opponents by just one run through 13 games. The bottom of the Cubs' order changed the latter stat in a hurry, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to chase Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson out of the game. 

Albert Almora hit a two-run single, then scored on a Jon Jay triple as the Cubs tied the game at seven. Jay put the Cubs ahead for good with a run scored on a wild pitch from Brewers reliever Jared Hughes. 

Despite the slugfest win, last year's World Series MVP Ben Zobrist has gotten off to a terrible start. Tuesday's 0-for-5 performance dropped him below the Mendoza Line to begin the season. 

Kris Bryant hasn't been much better, but he did record two hits in the win. Once the MVP duo gets going the Cubs will likely rise to the top of the NL Central, which is currently being controlled by the Brewers in part due to the hot hitting of Eric Thames, who recorded another three hits Tuesday. He failed to hit a home run, however, ending his consecutive games with a homer at five games. 

Stud of the night

The last time Miguel Gonzalez faced the Yankees, he threw seven shutout innings. This time around, the White Sox right-hander fired 8 1/3 scoreless innings as Chicago ended the Yankees' eight-game winning streak. Gonzalez allowed just four hits and one walk in the 4-1 win. 

Dud of the night

The Blue Jays' slump continued as ace Marcus Stroman struggled in a home start against the Red Sox. The All-Star right-hander gave up six runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work. Stroman now owns a 4.05 ERA on the season as Toronto fell to 2-11 with an 8-7 loss. The Blue Jays are the only team in baseball without consecutive wins this season.

Highlight

Reds slugger Adam Duvall blasted a gram slam against Orioles ace Kevin Gausman, who was tagged for eight runs in just 2 2/3 innings of work in a 9-3 loss. 

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