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Ashby tagged, but Brewers sweep Cubs for 8th straight win

Ashby tagged, but Brewers sweep Cubs for 8th straight win

Highly touted Milwaukee prospect Aaron Ashby got hammered for seven runs in the first inning of his big league debut, but Luis Urias homered twice as the Brewers rallied to rout the Chicago Cubs 15-7 for their eighth straight winBy ANDREW WAGNER Associated PressJune 30, 2021, 10:27 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMILWAUKEE — Highly touted Milwaukee prospect Aaron Ashby got hammered for seven runs in the first inning of his big league debut, but Luis Urias homered twice as the Brewers rallied to rout the Chicago Cubs 15-7 Wednesday for their eighth straight win.The Brewers swept the three-game series and increased their NL Central lead to six games over Chicago. The Cubs lost their sixth in a row.Willy Adames hit a grand slam during an eight-run burst in the fourth inning that put Milwaukee ahead 14-7. His error at shortstop helped the Cubs break loose at the start against Ashby.Called up from Triple-A to start, the 23-year-old Ashby — and nephew of two-time All-Star pitcher Andy Ashby — was in trouble right away.Willson Contreras led off the game with a single and the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs. Javier Baez hit a two-run single, Adames’ misplay let another run score and bunt single produced a run.After a double steal, a run-scoring wild pitch and two walks, Ashby exited with the bases loaded, two outs and trailing 5-0. Miguel Sanchez relieved and gave up a two-run single to Patrick Wisdom.In all, the left-handed Ashby was charged with seven runs, four of them earned, on four hits and three walks.Five Brewers relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings. Trevor Richards (3-0) wound up with the win.Milwaukee, meanwhile, bounced back against Jake Arrieta and the Chicago bullpen.Urias had his first multi-homer game in the majors and finished with three hits and four RBIs. Jace Peterson drove in three runs with a pair of singles.Slumping outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had his second multi-hit game in the series and just his fifth of the season.LOBATON TO ILChicago placed catcher Jose Lobaton on the 60-day injured list with a sprained right shoulder suffered on the final play of Chicago’s 2-1 loss Tuesday night.Lobaton was injured when he tried to hurdle over Brewers closer Josh Hader, who slipped while trying to cover first on Lobaton’s two-out chopper with two out in the ninth. Lobaton landed awkwardly on his right shoulder and after a lengthy examination on the field, needed help removing his following after the game.He’s the latest backup catcher to go down with an injury for the Cubs this season. Chicago signed veteran Austin Romine to play behind Contreras in spring training, only to lose him to the 60-day IL in late April. His replacement, Tony Wolters, was later cut when the Cubs called up P.J. Higgins from Triple-A, only to suffer a strained forearm that ultimately required season-ending surgery on his flexor tendon.Higgins’ injury opened the door for Lobaton, a 10-year MLB veteran who appeared in six games for Chicago before his injury.“Lobey’s done nothing but be ready and he works his tail off,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “Hopefully, it’s a speedy recovery for him.”Chicago recalled catcher Taylor Gushue from Triple-A Iowa.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: While Kris Bryant (right side) and Anthony Rizzo (back) were held out of the series finale Wednesday, Wisdom left the game with left side tightness and a right eye contusion.Brewers: Second baseman Kolten Wong (hamstring) was held out of the lineup but available off the bench.UP NEXTCubs: After getting a day off Thursday, the Cubs continue their 10-game road trip Friday in Cincinnati behind RHP Alec Mills (3-1, 5.11 ERA). Mills is 3-0 with a 3.74 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) against the Reds and has a 6.43 ERA in four starts in Cincinnati.Brewers: Milwaukee tries to continue its winning streak behind RHP Corbin Burnes (3-4, 2.53 ERA), who gets the start in the first of a four-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Burnes got a no-decision his last time out despite holding the Rockies to a run over six innings. He’s 3-0 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 career games against Pittsburgh.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Mahle fans 12, Reds silence Brewers' bats again in 2-1 win

Mahle fans 12, Reds silence Brewers' bats again in 2-1 win

Tyler Mahle tied his career high with 12 strikeouts, Tucker Barnhart drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 to finish a three-game sweepBy ANDREW WAGNER Associated PressJune 16, 2021, 10:09 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMILWAUKEE — Tyler Mahle tied his career high with 12 strikeouts, Tucker Barnhart drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.Cincinnati has won six straight and 11 of 13. The Brewers dropped three straight for the first time in nearly a month and were swept for the third time this season. Milwaukee totaled nine hits and four runs in the series against the Reds.“They pitched well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Tyler Mahle is having a really good year and I thought he pitched really well today. His fastball was really good, really well-located, consistently threw it up and never made mistakes down in the zone.”Mahle (7-2) allowed three hits and a pair of walks over six innings as he surpassed the 10-strikeout mark for the first time this season and fifth of his career. Brad Brach, Sean Doolittle and Lucas Sims completed the five-hitter, with Sims getting the last four outs for his seventh save.“It’s been the whole team,” Mahle said. “The starters have been doing great, the bullpen has been doing great and the offense has been doing a great job all season.”The Brewers scored their lone run in the third when Chirstian Yelich drove in Daniel Vogelbach with a single to right.Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta (6-2) struck out six over six innings without walking a batter. He gave up five hits, the first a two-out single by Nick Castellanos in the fourth. Tyler Naquin followed with a double to left, scoring Castellanos.Peralta retired his first two batters in the seventh before Joey Votto reached on a single. Votto scored the go-ahead run on Barnhart’s 14th double of the season.“It was fun,” Barnhart said “What a fun game to be a part of. I’m proud of everybody, all series long.”The Reds were hardly overwhelming at the plate. After winning 2-1 on Tuesday night with just two hits, they totaled six hits on Wednesday.HE CALLED ITBarnhart told Votto before the start of the seventh to be ready to score if he was on base when Barnhart came up.“The second I got to first base, I knew I had to be ready to score because my man called it,” Votto said. “That was a big hit in a big spot and I had to score.”The veteran first baseman emphatically pumped his fist before making his way back to the dugout, where his teammates were just as fired up after seeing him score from first.“Joey is the heartbeat of this team,” Barnhart said. “Seeing him fired up like that is awesome.”BREWERS ADD AN ARMMilwaukee claimed right-handed reliever Ryan Weber off waivers from the Red Sox Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.Weber, 30, allowed 11 runs including four homers in his lone appearance this season for the Red Sox and had a 4.63 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) for Triple-A Worcester. He was designated for assignment two days ago when Boston acquired Yacksel Rios in a trade with Seattle.To make room for Weber on the 40-man roster, Milwaukee outrighted RHP Chad Sobotka to Triple-A Nashville.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: INF Mike Moustakas was expected to return from the injured list during the team’s trip to San Diego this weekend but instead returned to Cincinnati after experiencing soreness in his foot during a rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville Tuesday night.Brewers: LHP Angel Perdomo is scheduled to join Triple-A Nashville to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Perdomo has been out since straining his lower back on May 30.UP NEXTThe Reds travel to San Diego for a four-game series against the Padres, with Wade Miley (6-4, 2.92 ERA) starting Thursday night’s opener against Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.50).Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff (5-2, 1.52) starts the opener of a four-game series at Colorado. German Marquez (4-6, 4.60) takes the mound for the Rockies on Thursday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports