CHICAGO (AP) –Rookie Christopher Morel drove Jason Heyward with a sacrificial fly in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Heyward started on second base and moved to a pitch by Nick Madrigal. Morel then drove it in with a left fly against Hoby Milner (2-1) and was mobbed by teammates in the infield after the game-winning run scored.
Morel extended his club record by reaching base in his first 15 major league games, when he walked and scored in the first.
Willson Contreras scored two runs, threw a run and scored one after hitting home runs in his previous two games.
Kyle Hendricks went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, after losing his previous two starts.
Five relievers combined to blank Milwaukee the rest of the way, with Mark Leiter Jr. (1-1) coming out of a tight spot at 10th.
The Brewers had a runner on third with one out on 10th after Jace Peterson advanced on a wild pitch. He was ejected trying to score on defender Kolten Wong’s prime field against second baseman Madrigal. Tyrone Taylor flew to the right and the Cubs salvaged a four-game split with leaders NL Central after being swept in a doubleheader on Monday.
Jason Alexander lasted seven innings after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make his major league debut. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits.
Peterson added three hits, scored a run and drove in one. He tripled and came back in the third, and hit an RBI double from the center field wall in the fifth against Hendricks to give Milwaukee a short-lived 3-2 lead. He also doubled the Ivy from right field in the seventh.
Brewers: The Brewers moved RHP Jake Cousins (right elbow) to the 60-day injured list and opted for RHP Luke Barker at Triple-A Nashville. Cousins has a 4.50 ERA in eight relief appearances.
Cubs: The Cubs placed LHP Drew Smyly on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right oblique. The Cubs did not have a timeline for when Smyly would return to baseball activity, although manager David Ross said he was feeling better than the footage would indicate. He’s been one of Chicago’s most reliable starters, with a 3.80 ERA in nine outings. … The Cubs also activated Heyward from the disabled list and right-hander Michael Rucker (left toe) from the IL by 15 days. OF Nelson Velázquez was moved to Triple-A Iowa, and RHP Manuel Rodriguez was recalled from Iowa and placed on the 60-day injured list with a sprained right elbow.
Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (3-5, 3.69 ERA) gets the ball back as the Brewers open a seven-game homestand against San Diego. LHP Sean Manaea (2-3, 4.02) starts for the Padres.
Cubs: Chicago opens a five-game, four-day series against St. Louis, with RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 1.58) making another start for the Cubs and LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 3.72) lance for the Cardinals. Thompson, who edged Johnny Cueto in a win over the crosstown White Sox on Saturday, has made three starts and 11 appearances.