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Brewers 2, Cubs 5: Bullpen ruins great Nelson start

The Brewers got a fantastic outing from Jimmy Nelson, but couldn't hold on to the win.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Win: Soriano (2-0)
Loss: Smith (4-2)
Save: Rondon (14)

HR: Rizzo (18)


You could be forgiven if you forgot the Brewers actually had to play a game today. In the midst of huge news about Milwaukee trading Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Houston Astros, the Brewers took a loss to the Cubs as Chicago came from behind late to win.

Jimmy Nelson made a spectacular start for the Brewers, pitching seven innings of two-hit ball against what can be a tough Cubs offense. Nelson did allow three walks, but also struck out eight batters. He exited the game with a lead after the Brewers scored two runs in the third inning on RBI hits from Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun.

When Nelson left the game, however, things turned sour. Jeremy Jeffress came on in the eighth and gave up two singles before being relieved by Will Smith without recording an out. Smith got two quick outs, but gave up a three-run home run to Anthony Rizzo that put the Cubs on top. Chicago would get two more in the ninth against Michael Blazek and Hector Rondon closed it out for the save.

Round two for the Brewers and Cubs is tomorrow with first pitch at 7:10 CT.