MILWAUKEE (AP) – Manny Piña hit two home runs, fellow Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar added another and the Milwaukee Brewers secured their fourth straight playoff berth by beating the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Saturday night.
Jace Peterson added another home run to the cause of Milwaukee, who posted their seventh win in nine games to secure at least one wild-card berth, following losses to the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds on the day.
Milwaukee’s “magic number” against the St. Louis Cardinals to pocket the NL Central title was reduced to three games.
NL Cy Young trophy nominee Corbin Burnes had a turbulent performance by his standards. He made his first start in a week when he pitched eight innings in a combined no-hitter game.
This time he allowed three runs and six hits over six innings, in which he struck out 11.
The right-hander allowed Ian Happ’s 23rd home run, with a man on board, in the fifth act.
Piña, Milwaukee’s substitute catcher, hit his second home run off a Scott Effross slider (2-1) in the eighth inning.
Devin Williams (8-2) settled the eighth blank and Josh Hader stranded two runners in the ninth for his 33rd save.
For the Cubs, Venezuelans Rafael Ortega 4-1, Willson Contreras 4-1 with one run scored and two RBIs. The Dominican Sergio Alcántara 2-0.
For the Brewers, Venezuelans Escobar 5-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Piña 3-2 with two runs scored and two produced, Omar Narvaez 1-0. The Mexican Luis Urías 3-1 with an RBI. The Dominican Pablo Reyes 4-2 with a scored.