It’s way early, but the Brewers sure look good.
Star center fielder Carlos Gomez hit his fourth home run of the season, staff ace Yovani Gallardo put together his third straight quality start, and closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his fourth save in as many chances as the Brew Crew topped the Pirates 3-2 on Saturday night at a sold-out Miller Park.
It was the eighth consecutive win for the Brewers, who now boast a three-game lead over the Bucs and Cardinals in the National League Central standings.
Milwaukee currently owns the best record and run differential (+25) in the major leagues. Kyle Lohse will try to keep it rolling Sunday.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Red Sox 4, Yankees 7
Rays 1, Reds 0
Cubs 4, Cardinals 10
Indians 12, White Sox 6
Rockies 1, Giants 0
Royals 1, Twins 7
Marlins 4, Phillies 5 (10 innings)
Blue Jays 1, Orioles 2 (12 innings)
Pirates 2, Brewers 3
Astros 6, Rangers 5 (10 innings)
Nationals 3, Braves 6
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 5
Tigers 6, Padres 2
Mets 7, Angels 6 (13 innings)
Athletics 3, Mariners 1
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.
Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.
Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.
The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.
Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.