Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Former Korean star Thames homers in 5 straight for Brewers

Former Korean star Thames homers in 5 straight for Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames, right, celebrates his home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey, with Ryan Braun, during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Chicago.

Eric Thames homered in a fifth straight game Monday as the Brewers took down the Cubs 6-3.

Milwaukee is 8-1 in their last 9 road games and 4-12 in Anderson's last 16 road starts while the under is 4-1-1 in Anderson's last 6 starts overall.

Thames matched the homer streak by Jeromy Burnitz for the Brewers in 1997.

The 30-year-old returned to the majors this season after hitting 124 homers over three years in the Korean major leagues. The Cubs didn't lose consecutive games last season until dropping a double-header on May 11, and they didn't suffer three straight defeats until May 21-23.

Brewers starter Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched five innings of three-run, seven-hit ball to pick up the victory. Neftali Felix pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in as many tries. The Cubs battled back in the bottom half of the second as Albert Almora, Jr. doubled in the tying runs in Jason Heyward and Miguel Montero to knot the game at 3-3.

The Milwaukee Brewers come into this one looking to keep their momentum going after winning 5 of their last 6 games, culminating with a 4-2 win over the Reds in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Braun's 651st extra-base hit moved him into second place with Paul Molitor on the Brewers' all-time list. He's allowed a.429 batting average in the first two innings of his outings, but a mark a.042 (1-for-24) from the third inning on. The hope is that Garza can pitch with no limits before his return to the parent club this weekend. John Lackey gets the call for the Cubs in the series opener and is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season.

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