The Brewers and Diamondbacks produced opposite results in the openers of their crucial series against division rivals Monday
Milwaukee moved within a game of the Cubs for first in the National League Central with a 3-2 win at Wrigley Field.
The teams were tied at two through five innings. But, Brewers infielder Mike Moustakas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth and Milwaukee’s bullpen threw four scoreless innings to secure the victory.
Fun fact: a moose can reach a top speed of 35 MPH. #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/KONTqpI0ym
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 11, 2018
Chicago starter Jon Lester left the game with two outs in the sixth with lower back tightness and was replaced by Carl Edwards Jr., who threw the decisive wild pitch.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks took an early 1-0 lead over the Rockies at Coors Field on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar.
The Rockies, however, exploded for six runs in the fifth and seven more two innings later to pull away for a 13-2 win.
With the loss, the Diamondbacks fell 3 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the division lead in the NL West. The Dodgers, who fell to the Reds 10-6, trail Colorado by 1 1/2 games.
Studs of the night
Astros starter Justin Verlander allowed two runs and struck out 10 over seven innings in his first start at Comerica Park since he was traded by the Tigers in August 2017. Houston won the game 3-2.
Scooter Gennett went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Reds’ 10-6 win over the Dodgers.
Show ’em how it’s done, Scooter! ?#RedsCountry pic.twitter.com/vWkk8CMlMw
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 11, 2018
Duds of the night
Twins reliever Alan Busenitz surrendered four runs while failing to record an out against the Yankees.
Reliever Edgar Santana failed to register an out but still allowed three runs in the Pirates’ 8-7 loss to the Cardinals.
Ji-man Choi belted a two-run homer to right field, lifting the Rays to a 6-5 walk-off win over the Indians. Tampa Bay has won four in a row and eight of its last nine.
This #walkoff celebration was nothing short of electric. pic.twitter.com/cZiDq99FTJ
— MLB (@MLB) September 11, 2018
Nationals (71-72) at Phillies (74-68) 3:05 p.m. ET/ 7:05 p.m. ET — The Nationals and Phillies will face-off tomorrow in a doubleheader which will have major playoff implications for Philadelphia. The Phillies trail the Braves by five games for first in the National League East and can’t afford to lose any more ground. They’ll send Jake Arrieta to the mound in the opener while Nick Pivetta is set to start in the nightcap.