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MLB: Shota Imanaga gives up a season-high eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, second-shortest outing of the season; Brouwers beat Cubs 10-6


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Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich, Blake Perkins and Willy Adames hit home runs and the Milwaukee Brewers came alive against Shota Imanaga to beat the Chicago Cubs 10-6 on Wednesday night.

Rookie Joey Ortiz, who hit lead-off for the first time, doubled off Imanaga (5-1) in the first inning. Two batters later, Yelich crushed a 450-foot home run to right-center, giving the Brewers an early 2-0 lead.

Imanaga entered the game with a Major League-leading ERA of 0.84. He had allowed five earned runs in his first nine starts before being charged with seven on Wednesday as his ERA rose to 1.86.

Yelich’s sixth home run, his first since April 10 in Cincinnati, also ended Milwaukee’s 32 2/3-inning scoreless streak against Cubs starters this season and was responsible for the only first-inning runs allowed by Imanaga.

Ian Happ’s solo homer off Bryse Wilson in the second brought the Cubs to within a run.

Perkins made a leaping grab at the center-field fence and robbed Christopher Morel of a two-run homer in the third.

The Brewers scored five runs in the third. Adames hit a runscoring single, Gary Sánchez drove in a pair with a double and Perkins ended the inning with a two-run homer to increase Milwaukee’s lead to 7-1.

Imanaga gave up a season-high eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, his second-shortest outing of the season. He had one walk and one strikeout in the 82-pitch outing.


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Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in Milwaukee.

The Cubs scored a run in the fourth on a grounder by Michael Busch. They added two more in the fifth.

Perkins made a spectacular diving catch at the warning track to take away an extra base hit from Happ in the seventh. Milwaukee added three more runs in their half of the inning, two on Adames’ ninth homer of the season.

The Cubs added a pair of runs in the ninth.

Jared Koenig (5-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to get the win.

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