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Yelich, Woodruff spark Brewers to 7-0 victory over Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-0 on Saturday night thanks to Christian Yelich's 4-for-5 performance, a three-run home run, and six solid innings of pitching from Brandon Woodruff.

The game was maintained scoreless by Chicago's Drew Smyly and Woodruff through six innings until the Brewers scored four runs off reliever Rowan Wick in the bottom of the seventh (4-7).

Kolten Wong and Victor Caratini opened the rally with successive singles. Jace Peterson, a pinch-hitter, then bunted to third baseman Christopher Morel, whose wayward throw to first went into shallow right field instead of foul territory. 

Yelich then sent a 2-2 pitch over the right-field corner wall. Yelich just hit his second home run since July 2 but it was his tenth of the year. He also hit a deep ball on August 16 in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers after 11 innings.

Yelich hit for the cycle in a 14-11 defeat against Cincinnati on May 11 and added singles in the third, fifth, and eighth innings to record his first four-hit game since.

In the eighth inning, Willy Adames launched a two-run homer off Michael Rucker in addition to Kolten Wong's additional solo drive.

Woodruff had 10 strikeouts while giving up four hits and one walk. The batter was dismissed after first baseman Rowdy Tellez received a 110 mph exit velocity shot from Franmil Reyes that looked to strike him in the lower leg or foot.

After blanking the Cubs for six innings, a Brewers starter left the game for the second consecutive night. Freddy Peralta was taken out of a game that the Brewers ultimately lost 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday with a no-hitter in progress.

In the sixth, Taylor Rogers (2-6) retired Morel with a runner on second after striking out three batters. Mike Napoli, the first base coach for the Cubs, was dismissed after contesting Morel's third strike designation.

Smyly continued his stellar month of August for Chicago by striking out two while giving up five hits and one walk. In five starts in August, the seasoned left-hander has allowed only three earned runs over 30 innings.

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