CHICAGO — It’s purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs. A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday. Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 to strengthen its hold on the NL Central. The Cubs bounced back nicely from their 7-0 loss in the opener of the two-game series, improving to 9-4 against the Brewers this year.
CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson’s chances of returning this season. Nelson had shoulder surgery last September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. It was a tough conclusion to a breakout year for the right-hander, who went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts. The 29-year-old Nelson has been working out, but he is running out of time. “Jimmy pitching for us this year is unlikely,” manager Craig
CHICAGO — Ryan Braun supplied the power at the plate and Jhoulys Chacin dominated on the mound to give the Milwaukee Brewers the lift they needed to tighten the NL Central race. Braun hit two of Milwaukee’s four homers, Chacin struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings and the Brewers cut into Chicago’s division lead with a 7-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. Lorenzo Cain homered on Jose Quintana’s second pitch . Braun hit two-run drives in the first and
MILWAUKEE — San Diego rookie Franmil Reyes is getting less of a kick at the plate these days. The Padres are OK with that. Reyes homered for the second straight game and doubled in the go-ahead runs off All-Star Josh Hader as the Padres overcome an early deficit and beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-5 Tuesday night. Manuel Margot homered, tripled, singled and drove in five runs for San Diego. Reyes, called up Saturday after two earlier stints with the Padres, also added a single.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers acquired second baseman Jonathan Schoop in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, adding another option to a crowded infield as they make a push for the playoffs. The Brewers sent second baseman Jonathan Villar and two prospects to Baltimore. Schoop was the second infielder Milwaukee acquired in the last few days before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Brewers also dealt for third baseman Mike Moustakas from Kansas City. The plan then was for left-
CINCINNATI — When Brewers pitchers went over the strengths and weaknesses of Cincinnati’s hitters to prepare for their series, they included reliever Michael Lorenzen in the mix. They need to do more studying. Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week — and his third homer in his last three at-bats — as Cincinnati pulled away to a 12-3 victory Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak against Milwaukee. Lorenzen’s pinch-hit grand slam off