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Cubs Manager Craig Counsell stands in the dugout next to bench coach Ryan Flaherty, a Deering High graduate, during Chicago’s 5-1 loss to the Brewers on Monday in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Willy Adames hit a three-run homer during Milwaukee’s five-run eighth inning, and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Monday in Craig Counsell’s return to American Family Field.

Counsell, the winningest manager in Brewers history, left Milwaukee after last season when the Cubs signed him to a five-year contract worth over $40 million. He already had managed against his former team when the Cubs took two of three from the Brewers at Wrigley Field from May 3-5.

The Brewers welcomed Counsell back with a brief thank-you video message on the scoreboard that was accompanied by a chorus of boos from Brewers fans in the sellout crowd of 41,882. Counsell was booed every time he left the dugout.

The Cubs lost their fifth straight and wasted a brilliant performance from Justin Steele, who spent most of the day in a pitchers’ duel with Robert Gasser. The Cubs didn’t arrive in Milwaukee until early Monday morning following a 4-3 loss at St. Louis in a rain-delayed game Sunday night.

The NL Central-leading Brewers lead the Cubs by 4 1/2 games.

NATIONALS 8, BRAVES 4: Mitchell Parker pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning and CJ Abrams homered, to help visiting Washington beat depleted Atlanta.


Parker (4-2) allowed three runs, struck out six and walked none in 6 1/3 innings. The rookie left-hander has permitted three runs or fewer in each of his first eight major league starts.

The Braves adjusted their lineup in their first game since losing 2023 NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday.

Second baseman Ozzie Albies was the team’s new leadoff hitter. Jared Kelenic and Adam Duvall, who have been sharing time in left field, each started. Duvall replaced Acuña in right and Kelenic started in left.

GIANTS 8, PHILLIES 4: Brett Wisely doubled in a key insurance run in the sixth inning after an earlier RBI single, Patrick Bailey hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth, and San Francisco won at home.

Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell remains winless with San Francisco since signing a $62 million, two-year contract in March. Randy Rodríguez (1-0) relieved and pitched two innings for his first major league win.

ROCKIES 8, GUARDIANS 6: Charlie Blackmon homered to cap a six-run fourth inning and Colorado ended Cleveland’s nine-game winning streak with a win in Denver.


Blackmon drove in four runs and made a sliding catch in foul territory for Colorado, which is 11-6 since an 8-28 start.

The fourth-inning rally ended Cleveland’s longest winning streak since it won an AL record 22 straight from Aug. 24 to Sept. 14, 2017.

BLUE JAYS 5, WHITE SOX 1: George Springer, Bo Bichette and David Schneider homered, and Toronto won in Chicago.

Chris Bassitt struck out seven in five scoreless innings as Toronto stopped a three-game slide. Bassitt (5-6) allowed five hits and walked none against his first major league team.

Springer connected in the second inning after Daulton Varsho reached on a two-out walk against Nick Nastrini. It was Springer’s fourth homer of the season.

TWINS 6, ROYALS 5: Joe Ryan pitched seven smooth innings for Minnesota, who got a two-run homer by Jose Miranda and a three-run shot from Trevor Larnach and hung on to beat visiting Kansas City in the opener of a four-game series.


Ryan allowed one run and four singles while lowering his team-leading ERA to 2.96. The right-hander struck out nine and walked none.

Ryan (4-3) has pitched at least into the sixth in each of his 11 starts this season.

REDS 3, CARDINALS 1: Nick Lodolo came off the injured list to pitch 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, Jeimer Candelario homered and host Cincinnati won a season-high fourth straight game, beating St. Louis.

Lodolo, who missed his last two starts while nursing a groin injury, allowed a first-inning home run to Paul Goldschmidt but otherwise stayed out of trouble against the hot-hitting Cardinals. The 26-year-old lefty allowed five hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk.

Reliever Fernando Cruz struck out all five batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings. Sam Moll fanned two more Cardinals in the eighth, and Lucas Sims retired the side in order in the ninth to get his first save.



ASTROS: Houston right-handers Cristian Javier and José Urquidy will both undergo MRIs after each experienced discomfort in their forearms.

Javier was placed on the 15-day injured list, while Urquidy was pulled early from his rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land last Friday. Houston Manager Joe Espada said before Monday’s series opener in Seattle that both pitchers would have MRIs on Tuesday.

Javier, 27, threw four innings and gave up a season-high eight hits in his last start against the Angels last Tuesday. It was his third start since missing 18 games earlier this season with neck discomfort. Javier skipped his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday because of the discomfort.

Urquidy was making his third rehab start for Sugar Land when he was pulled after 3 2/3 innings. Urquidy has yet to pitch in the majors this season due to forearm discomfort.

POSTPONEMENT: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ series opener at the New York Mets was postponed because of a forecast of steady rain.

The game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 4:10 p.m.


Right-hander Tylor Megill (0-2), who had been slated to start Monday for the Mets, will start the opener against Tylor Glasnow (6-3), who had been scheduled to start Tuesday for Los Angeles.

Dodgers right-hander Gavin Stone (4-2) was pushed back to the second game, and the Mets will start Jose Quintana (1-4).

The NL West-leading Dodgers (33-22) have lost five straight games, their longest skid since six in a row in April 2019.

MARINERS: Seattle placed second baseman Jorge Polanco on the 10-day injured list after a recurrence of tightness in his right hamstring.

Polanco missed seven games earlier this month due to tightness in the hamstring. He returned to the lineup last Wednesday in New York, but left Sunday’s game in Washington early after feeling the hamstring tighten up again.

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