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  • Associated Press The Cubs' Willson Contreras reacts after sliding safely into second base with a double against the Brewers during the fifth inning Monday. Contreras later scored in the inning.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:00 am

Milwaukee 3, Chicago 2

Brewers cut Cubs' lead to 1 game

Edwards' wild pitch allows run after Lester exits

JAY COHEN | Associated Press

CHICAGO – Lorenzo Cain had four hits, Mike Moustakas scored on Carl Edwards Jr.'s wild pitch in the sixth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Monday night to pull within one game of the NL Central leaders.

Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a run as Milwaukee (83-62) won for the seventh time in eight games. It's the closest the Brewers have been to the division lead since they trailed the Cubs by a game on Aug. 5.

Wade Miley (4-2) pitched five effective innings before Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress closed it out for wild card-leading Milwaukee. Burnes worked a scoreless sixth, Hader struck out six straight batters and Jeffress got three outs for his 11th save.

Back home after a soggy weekend in Washington, Chicago (83-60) lost for the fifth time in seven games. Ben Zobrist had two of the Cubs' five hits, and Kris Bryant drove in a run.

The game was tied at 2 when manager Joe Maddon and a trainer came out to check on Jon Lester after the left-hander retired the first two batters in the sixth. Lester (15-6) stayed in the game after a short conversation, and the Brewers pounced.

Moustakas singled and Erik Kratz doubled to right to put runners on second and third. Lester then departed with lower back tightness, and Moustakas scampered home when Edwards missed badly on his first pitch to Arcia.

Lester gave up eight hits, struck out seven and walked two in his first loss since Aug. 11. The All-Star was 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his previous four starts.

Schoop hit a sacrifice fly in the first and Arcia added a run-scoring single in the second to help the Brewers to a 2-1 lead. But the Cubs tied it in the fifth.

Willson Contreras doubled and advanced to third when Lester nearly drove one over Cain's head in center field, forcing him to make a nice running catch. After Addison Russell and Daniel Murphy walked, Bryant hit a sacrifice fly to left.

Chicago is in the midst of 30 straight game days after Sunday's series finale at Washington was rained out and rescheduled for Thursday. But Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the East Coast and the Cubs sound as if they are hoping for another postponement.