Christian Yelich hit a three-run home run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night.
Yelich hit his first home run of the season as the ball disappeared between right and center field off Alec Mills, erasing Chicago’s 3-1 lead in the sixth inning.
Freddy Peralta (1-1), Milwaukee’s first reliever, resolved two innings without conceding a score and struck out five.
Mills (2-1) was scheduled to start Saturday’s game, but his performance was anticipated as Tyler Chatwood, who was scheduled to perform Friday, suffered a stiff chest problem. Mills hadn’t pitched since Aug. 3.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the eighth, with two outs, before closer Josh Hader took the mound and walked Steven Souza Jr. as well as hitting David Bote.
Hader struck out pinch-hitter Josh Phegley to end the inning. In the ninth, he walked Atnhony Rizzo with two outs but did not struggle and scored his fourth save.
For the Brewers, Venezuelans Avisaíl García 3-0 with a run scored, Manny Piña 4-1. The Mexican Luis Urías 3-0.
For the Cubs, the Puerto Rican Javier Báez 5-0. The Venezuelan Willson Contreras 4-0.