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Chicago Cubs belt four homers in 15-2 rout of Brewers

Apr 23, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) hits a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning  at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) hits a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Marisnick homered and tied a career high with five RBIs as the Chicago Cubs routed the visiting Milwaukee Brewers 15-2 in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.

Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez also homered for the Cubs, who recorded a season-high 17 hits and extended their winning streak to four games.

Kyle Hendricks (1-2) benefited from early run support and earned his first victory in four starts, giving up two runs with six strikeouts over six innings.

Kolten Wong and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning for Milwaukee, which saw its five-game road winning streak come to an end.

Rizzo doubled in a run to start the scoring in the first off Brett Anderson (2-2), who left the game after four batters due to a right knee discomfort. The Cubs quickly added to their lead when Josh Lindblom entered and allowed Rizzo to score on David Bote’s infield single.

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Lindblom then walked Jason Heyward to load the bases before Marisnick doubled in three runs. Nico Hoerner drove in Marisnick with a double.

Chicago extended its lead to 10-0 in the second when Rizzo and Baez hit back-to-back homers against Lindblom. David Bote walked and scored on a triple by Heyward, who scored on Marisnick’s groundout to first.

Marisnick homered in the fourth to put the Cubs ahead 11-0 before the Brewers scored two runs in the sixth. The Cubs added to their lead in the sixth when Austin Romine doubled in a run and Contreras blasted a three-run homer off Angel Perdomo.

Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 for the Cubs while Hoerner had a pair of doubles among his three hits. Baez added three hits and has three homers over his last six games.

Chicago has scored a total of 35 runs in their last three contests after recording a total of 34 in its first 13 games.

Wong went 3-for-4 in his return to the leadoff spot for the Brewers. The second baseman had not played since April 8 with a left oblique strain.

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–Field Level Media