Cubs collect season-high 17 hits, roll past Milwaukee

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez was forced to leave Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after colliding with teammate Jason Heyward.

The Brewers have played a lot of close games through the first five on their schedule, leaving their bullpen - which covered five of the final 11 innings of a 2-1 victory Friday night - a little stretched.

Arrieta was dominant in his first start of the season in St. Louis, holding the Cardinals to one unearned run and four hits over six innings with six strikeouts.

Ryan Braun prevented a bigger deficit with a diving grab of Jayson Heyward to end the second and he put Milwaukee on the board in the third, ripping a three-run homer to straight-away center off Arrieta. Brett Anderson held the lead down nicely through five innings in his first Cubs start, before a wild pitch and opposite field single by Jesus Aguilar drove in Travis Shaw to tie the game at one. They come home Monday night for the Wrigley Field opener. "I went to hit, and I was feeling good". I still have a good feel for everything.

Angels 10, Mariners 9 • Albert Pujols hit his 592nd career homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth, then had a tying two-run single before Cliff Pennington singled in the winning run as Los Angeles rallied from a six-run deficit in the inning to win.

He wasn't almost as fortunate in the third, though, giving up four straight one-out hits, including back-to-back doubles by Schwarber and Bryant to tie the game at 2. Barnes stayed in the game to toss a scoreless inning. Counsell said it was similar to what Braun experienced a year ago, when he needed to take occasional days off, but wouldn't completely rule him out for the series finale.

"When the 95-97 comes back, it's going to be tough for teams, and it still is", he said. Much like Bryant's slump though, I am not really anxious. I love it. Our fans deserve it, they waited a long enough time. Yet he finished 11-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 28 starts.

Davies was knocked around by Colorado in his season debut, giving up six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Cubs proved that by dumping one soft hit in after another to score runs.

  • Julie Sanders