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Darwin Barney's Late Homer Leads Cubs Over Brewers, 4-1

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Cactus League play can't end soon enough.

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W: Hector Rondon (2-0)
L: Michael Olmsted (0-1)
S: Zach Putnam (1)

HR: Khris Davis (6), Darwin Barney (2), Dioner Navarro (3)

Box Score

The Brewers have now scored three runs or less in 14 of their 27 games this spring, and are 3-11 in those contests.

They managed just one run today and it was enough to take a tie game into the ninth inning, but Darwin Barney's two-run home run off Michael Olmsted gave the Cubs a late lead and eventually the win. The homer came one at-bat after the Brewers failed to turn a double play that would have ended the inning. Dioner Navarro also homered off Olmsted as the Cubs went back-to-back.

Khris Davis tied up the game in the seventh with a solo home run, his sixth in Cactus League play and seventh of the spring. He's one of just four hitters in all of baseball to collect six homers in MLB play this spring.

Yovani Gallardo took a big step forward in his preparation for Opening Day today, allowing one unearned run on just four hits over 5.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. We don't have an official pitch count for him today, but he looked pretty close to being ready to go.

Unfortunately, he was outdueled by former teammate Carlos Villanueva, who shut the Brewers out for six innings. All five hits he allowed were singles and he issued just one walk.

The Brewers head to Tempe tomorrow to take on the Angels at 3.