MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers’ five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 to tighten the NL wild-card race. Milwaukee won the series 3-1 and pulled within two games of the Cubs for the second NL wild card with three weeks left. The Cardinals are 4 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the NL Central lead.
CHICAGO (AP) — Danny Mendick hit his first career home run, José Abreu got his 31st of the season, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1. Mendick, Matt Skole and James McCann had two hits apiece for the White Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep.
UNDATED (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos has flourished since he was traded from Detroit to the Chicago Cubs. The 27-year-old outfielder has hit 13 home runs for Chicago in 35 games. That’s two more than he hit in 100 games this season for the Tigers.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell left a game against Milwaukee in the third inning, after he was hit on the head by a 94 mph pitch from Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser. Russell’s helmet flew off as the ball hit around the area of his left cheek, and Russell fell to the ground. Russell initially stayed in the game and scored. He was replaced in the bottom half when Ian Happ entered at third and David Bote moved from third to shortstop.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, making WNBA history along the way, and the regular-season champion Washington Mystics raced past the Chicago Sky 100-86. She became the first player in WNBA history to shoot over 50% from the field (220 of 427), 40% from 3-point range (52 of 121) and 90% from the foul line (114 of 117).