Burnes, McCutchen, Brosseau lead Brewers past Blue Jays 5-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corbin Burnes pitched into the eighth inning, Andrew McCutchen and Mike Brosseau homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner extended his winning streak to a season-high three games, but he wasn’t as crisp as in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday. In his first career start against Toronto, Burnes allowed home runs to Matt Chapman and Bo Bichette and an RBI groundout by Cavan Biggio.

He struck nine and walked two, then turned over a 5-3 lead with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth to Devin Williams, who fanned Alejandro Kirk. Josh Hader then took charge in the ninth, striking out two and forcing a ground ball to earn his 22nd save of the season. He is now tied with San Diego closer Taylor Rogers for the most saves in MLB this year.

A look at the box score shows just how even both teams were.

It was a strong day for both teams at the plate. Toronto managed seven hits, including three from third-basemen Matt Chapman, while Milwaukee grabbed eight. However, both teams struggled with runners in scoring position, with Toronto going 1-for-6 and Milwaukee hitting 2-for-6. Milwaukee left nine runners on base while Toronto left five.

Both teams had two home runs each, with McCutchen and Brosseau teeing off on Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi and Champman and Bichette going deep against Milwaukee starter Burnes.

The difference came in the form of two-out hitting. Toronto snagged a pair of two-out RBIs from Bichette and Ludres Gurriel Jr. while Milwaukee grabbed four; one each from Willy Adames and Tyrone Taylor and a pair from McCutchen.

The win keeps the Brewers on pace with St. Louis. The two share a record of 41-33 as well as first place in the National League Central. Milwaukee and Toronto wrap up a three-game series at American Family Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT. Jose Berrios (5-3, 5.11) will take the mound for the visitors against Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-1, 7.36).