Darvish tosses six stellar innings as Cubs win

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The $126 million free agent addition bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. In his career, he has gone 17-6 with a 3.04 ERa in 32 starts on the road and 4-7 with a 6.11 ERA in 13 starts during March/ April, plus 14-7 with a 3.52 ERa in 28 day starts, while against the Cubs he has gone 5-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts, including 4-1 with a 4.18 ERA in five starts here at Wrigley Field.

Manager Joe Maddon knows that can't last forever, that sooner or later, the Cubs will miss Bryant in the lineup.

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After dropping the first two games of their four-game series at Wrigley, the Milwaukee Brewers will try to avoid going 0-3 versus the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Javier Baez has a team-high seven HR and 24 RBI, even as Kris Bryant (.319 average, .467 OBP) remains day-to-day after a beanball to the head on Sunday. That didn't happen, but Maddon is putting the decision to return to the lineup in Bryant's hands. They feel it. We've done OK since then. "I saw you talking".

"You want him back on the horse", Maddon told reporters, via the Chicago Tribune. The Cubs offense entered Thursday ranked third in the National League in runs scored, but it's been feast or starvation. ATHLETICS 8, ASTROS 1: Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland beat Houston for its fifth win in six games. Yu Darvish was their big acquisition during the offseason, but he has not pitched all that well for the Cubs in the early going. Darvish left with a 2-1 lead, but Milwaukee tied the score in the seventh off the bullpen to deny Darvish his first victory with Chicago.

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"He threw a great game and I just tried to match that", Anderson said.

"I still believe tried and true methods, meaning don't be trying to hit home runs all the time, move the baseball with two strikes, use the whole field, make adaptations, make adjustments", he said. "(Albert) Almora, much better at-bats, laying off bad pitches".

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Indians 6, Mariners 5 • Corey Kluber struck out 10 in 8 2/3 innings and host Cleveland hit five solo home runs, including three in the first inning, to beat Seattle. Guerra gave up five hits and a walk, striking out four in the effort.