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  • Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero watches his two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers' Jimmy Nelson in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game in Chicago. The Cubs won 9-7, ending a 4-game losing streak. (Associated Press)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:00 am

Chicago 9, Milwaukee 7

Cubs fight back to end 4-game skid

JOHN JACKSON | Associated Press

CHICAGO – Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Jon Jay added run-scoring hits in a four-run sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied from five down in a 9-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Brewers slugger Eric Thames had two doubles and three hits but ended his franchise record-tying homer streak at five games.

Wade Davis got his third save and the bullpen retired 15 of its final 16 batters as the Cubs snapped a four-game skid.

The Brewers staked Jimmy Nelson to a 5-0 lead in the third, but the right-hander couldn't make it hold, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 5-1/3 innings. Reliever Jared Hughes (1-1) took the loss.

Brett Anderson pitched 3-2/3 innings and allowed six runs and eight hits. Justin Grimm (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win.

Anderson was hit in the lower left leg by a hard grounder in the first inning but stayed in the game.

Thames set a Brewers record by getting a hit in his 12th straight start to begin the season. The former Korean star has an extra-base hit in eight consecutive games.

Travis Shaw went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for Milwaukee.

The Brewers led 3-0 after the first inning. Thames doubled with one out and Ryan Braun singled to put runners on the corners. Shaw followed with a run-scoring double, Domingo Santana drove in a run with a groundout and Manny Pina capped the rally with a run-scoring double.

The lead ballooned to 5-0 in the third inning when Shaw and Santana each drove in a run. Chicago made it 5-2 on Schwarber's blast in the bottom of the inning, but Milwaukee quickly got one back when Orlando Arcia led off the fourth with a homer.

In the sixth, Montero singled with one out and Javier Baez followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Almora, pinch hitting, drove in both with a single to left field to make it 7-6.

That chased Nelson, and then Jay greeted Hughes with a triple off the base of the wall in right-center to score Almora and tie it. After Schwarber grounded out with the infield in, Jay scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Hughes with Kris Bryant at the plate.

Bryant drove in an insurance run in the eighth.