Brewers fall to the Cubs, magic number to clinch NL Central stays at 3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Patrick Wisdom set a Cubs rookie record with his 27th homer, hitting a three-run drive that capped a five-run comeback in the eighth inning and sent Chicago over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4.

The Brewers’ ninth-inning rally fell short and the magic number for wrapping up their first NL Central title since 2018 remained at three. Milwaukee clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth Saturday.

Wisdom’s drive to center off Jandel Gustave topped the 26 homers that Kris Bryant hit during his rookie season in 2015.

Christian Yelich singled home two runs in the Milwaukee ninth with a two-out single. Omar Narváez singled and Luis Urías walked to load the bases. The Cubs brought in Michael Rucker, who retired Jace Peterson on a flyball to earn his first career save.

The Brewers will welcome in the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals to town for a series to start the week. St. Louis has won eight straight games and sits 11.5 games back of Milwaukee for first in the division.