Kris Bryant returns to Cubs lineup against Brewers

Randy Kelley
April 29, 2018

"This is certainly a confidence booster and I'll keep going", Darvish said through a translator.

The 31-year-old also doubled in the fifth. "That was above-and-beyond good stuff".

RANGERS 6, BLUE JAYS 4 Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, and visiting Texas beat Toronto.

Milwaukee lost its second straight one-run game to the Cubs on a chilly, windy day.

REDS 15, TWINS 9 Joey Votto homered for the fourth consecutive game and reached base six times, and Cincinnati overcame a four-run deficit to beat host Minnesota and extend the Twins' losing streak to eight games. He's now allowed just one earned run over his first three starts combined, resulting in a 0.56 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. That said, he's traditionally a slow starter - April is, for his career, his worst month, statistically - so as the weather warms up, so might he.

"It's never going to be a unilateral decision on my part to insist that he plays, ever", Maddon said.

Darvish fell behind right at the start after Lorenzo Cain reached second as Heyward dropped his leadoff fly to right.

With the game tied 2-2 and runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh, Javier Baez hit a grounder toward short that Eric Sogard booted for an error, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Darvish was provided a lead the bottom half when Albert Almora Jr. doubled and scored on a single by Baez, who stole second and came home on Anthony Rizzo's single.

Orioles 6, Tigers 0 • Chris Tillman pitched seven for his first win since last May, Pedro Alvarez went deep twice and Baltimore snapped a five-game skid with a victory over visiting Detroit. Brandon Morrow, the Cubs' fifth reliever, pitched a flawless ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

"(Playing first base is an adjustment for Braun) just in the fact he hasn't been there for three weeks now", Counsell told reporters Thursday, according to the team's official website.

Bryant has reportedly been working in the batting cage the past few days, with the Cubs' training staff monitoring him. He pinch hit in the seventh, flied out and remained in the game at first. "I think he's feeling more like himself today", Maddon said.

Cubs: INF/OF Ben Zobrist (back tightness) ran the bases before the game.

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