Kris Bryant hits go-ahead home run for Chicago Cubs

Mindy Sparks
September 22, 2017

Chicago visits Milwaukee in the opener of an important four-game set, and Cincinnati hosts St. Louis in the series finale.

The Brewers have given the Cubs a tough run for the NL Central title, but it might have all slipped away on one pitch Thursday night.

Arrieta gave the Cubs what they needed in his first game since he left his Labor Day start in Pittsburgh with a hamstring injury.

Royals left hander Jason Vargas threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up only two hits and striking out seven, in Kansas City's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.

Jeremy Jeffress allowed the tying run in the ninth, and Kris Bryant belted a go-ahead two-run home run off Oliver Drake in the 10th inning to seal the Cubs' eighth victory in their last nine games.

Cole Hamels was almost untouchable for eight innings and Carlos Gomez returned to the starting lineup with a two-run double as Texas completed a three-game sweep of Seattle.

The teams went back and forth against each other's bullpens late.

Javier Baez tied the game at three for Chicago with a two-out, two-strike RBI single in the ninth. He finished 2 for 5 with a pair of runs and RBIs and now has 29 home runs on the year. Anthony Rizzo singled a run home in the third. The move was created to give the Cubs extra rest with a road game in Pittsburgh the night before. He worked seven innings, giving up seven hits. But after all the Cubs have been through-injured pitchers, cold bats and puzzling dry spells-it's encouraging that they are where they are.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon wholeheartedly agreed. "You feel like you're playing for something". The biggest longshots in baseball at the beginning of the season to win the World Series ( gave them 200-1 odds), the Brewers have instead hung around. "It should be about today all the time".

"If we take care of business here over the next few days, we'll get a couple steps closer".

"They'll get to the playoffs, " another Cub watcher told me.

"It's good to be pressed".

"They've played us really hard this year, so, in 2017 it certainly (could be called a rivalry)". Personally, I like the competition.

And so I'm going to risk my college eligibility with a quick spin around the Chicago pro-sports dial.

Cubs' general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn't go so far as to say that the Cubs and Brewers are rivals, pointing to the long history the team has with the hated Cardinals. But rivalry or not, when there's something brewin' between the Cubs and Brewers, it's always a lot more fun.

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