Davis, Brewers rally in 7th to earn 6-5 win over Cubs in Game 1
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 30, 2013 5:21PM
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Updated: July 30, 2013 8:22PM
Cubs left-hander James Russell gave up a three-run homer on his first pitch in the seventh Tuesday to the Milwaukee Brewers, and it led to the difference in 6-5 Cubs loss in Game 1 of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
Russell (1-3) entered in relief of starter Carlos Villanueva, who had a 5-2 lead but left with two runners on base. Khris Davis hit Russell’s first delivery out for a three-run homer and 5-5 tie. The Brewers followed with two more hits and another run.
Russell, who is among the Cubs who could be traded by Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline, suffered his seventh blown save of the season.
Manager Dale Sveum hoped to manage the bullpen judiciously for the doubleheader, especially with newly-acquired right-hander Jake Arrieta scheduled to start game 2. Arrieta was recalled from Class AAA Iowa where he had been assigned since coming to the Cubs July 2 from Baltimore in the trade of pitcher Scott Feldman.
Game 1 was a make-up of a rained out contest on April 10.
The Cubs got all their runs in the fifth after starter Yovani Gallardo was one strike away from getting out of a bases loaded situation.
The Cubs loaded the bases with two singles and a two out walk from Gallardo. But on his 1-2 pitch to Darwin Barney, Gallardo hurt his left hamstring and had to leave the game.
John Axford entered and gave up four singles as the Cubs sent 10 men to the plate and scored five.
The victory went to Rob Wooten in relief (1-0). Jim Henderson walked two with two out in the ninth but retired pinch hitter Cody Ransom for the third out to earn his 13th save.