CHICAGO (AP) — Almost as soon as the winning run crossed the plate, Chicago Cubs rookie Christopher Morel got swarmed.
He came through in a big moment and set off quite a celebration.
Morel drove in Jason Heyward with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night.
“I love baseball,” Morel said. “God gave me this moment, so I need to give everything every time I go on the field.”
Heyward started on second base and moved up on a groundout by Nick Madrigal. Morel then fouled off two pitches and took a ball before ending it with a fly to left against Hoby Milner (2-1) that was deep enough to bring in the winning run. Teammates mobbed the 22-year-old Dominican in the infield after Heyward scored.
Morel extended his club record by reaching base in his first 15 major league games, when he walked and scored in a two-run first.
“There are guys that were just meant to play baseball,” Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said. “He’s definitely just a baseball player, a ballplayer. Those are guys you love having around. It feeds to everyone.”
Willson Contreras singled twice, drove in a run and scored one after hitting home runs in his previous two games.
Hendricks went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, after losing his previous two starts.
Five relievers combined to shut out Milwaukee the rest of the way, with Mark Leiter Jr. (1-1) getting out of a tough spot in the 10th.
The Brewers had a runner on third with one out in the 10th after Jace Peterson advanced on a wild pitch. He was thrown out trying to score on Kolten Wong’s fielder’s choice grounder to second baseman Madrigal. Tyrone Taylor flied to right, and the Cubs salvaged a four-game split with the NL Central leaders after getting swept in a doubleheader on…