Cubs allow Brewers one step closer with uncharacteristically sloppy game

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"MVP! MVP!" chants broke out at Miller Park Tuesday night, but not because a bunch of Cubs fans took over the place again and were cheering for Javy Baez.

The Brewers faithful were showing their love to Christian Yelich, who had just given his team a 9-1 lead — though, amazingly, it was Milwaukee's first RBI hit of the game.

With wins in the first two games of the series, the Brewers are now only three games behind the Cubs in the National League Central race with a chance to sweep Wednesday.

It was just that kind of game for the Cubs — a sloppy effort that has been a rare sight from this group over the last few seasons.

Before Yelich's double, the Brewers opened up a 7-1 lead in the seventh inning, scoring all 7 runs via three sacrifice flies, a wild pitch, a passed ball, a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded and an error when Victor Caratini couldn't catch Addison Russell's throw at first base.

The Cubs committed three errors on the night — one each for Caratini, Russell and Javy Baez.

They also walked 8 Brewers — including Lorenzo Cain four separate times — and hit two guys.

Every pitcher Joe Maddon called on struggled to some effect, beginning with Mike Montgomery (1 earned run, 3 walks, 2 hits in 4 innings) and ending with Norwood, who surrendered the two-run double to Yelich.

On the offensive end, the Cubs managed only 4 hits, did not draw a walk, struck out 10 times and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position before a mini rally in the ninth inning that was thwarted when Norwood bounced into a double play.

To add injury to insult, Anthony Rizzo had to leave the game in the sixth inning with a right foot contusion after fouling a ball off that foot earlier in the game.

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