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The third-to-last Monday of the 2018 regular season brings us a rain-shortened, 11-game slate of big-league action, including the first of three important games at Wrigley Field. Here’s where the American League and National League postseason races currently stand, and here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s MLB action.

Monday’s baseball scores

Brewers top Cubs

The Brewers and Cubs began an important series, with Milwaukee taking the first game and pulling within two losses of the division lead.

Wade Miley gave the Brewers a fine start, holding the Cubs to two runs on four hits and three walks across five innings. From there, the Brewers bullpen held Chicago to one hit and one walk over the ensuing four innings. Josh Hader struck out six batters across two innings himself.

Milwaukee outhit Chicago 11-5, Lorenzo Cain providing four hits himself. Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz each had multiple knocks as well.

Of course, the Cubs also helped out the Brewers with some sloppy play. Moustakas scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Carl Edwards Jr. after Jon Lester exited due to a tight back.

Rockies rout D-Backs

In theory, the Diamondbacks remain in contention for the NL West crown. In practice, they didn’t look like it Monday.

The Rockies won a boat race thanks to a lineup-wide effort that saw seven hitters either score or drive in multiple runs. That includes Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, and Tony Wolters — each of whom notched three hits.

On the pitching side, the Rockies received a quality start from German Marquez. He allowed one earned run in seven innings while fanning 11 and walking one.

The Rockies entered with three fewer losses. Make it four.

Dodgers’ woes continue against Reds

The Dodgers entered Monday a half-game behind the Rockies in the National League West. If Los Angeles fails to secure a playoff spot, it can look to its struggles against the Reds.

Despite the Reds being one of the worst teams in the majors, the Dodgers fell to 0-5 against them this season with a 10-6 loss on Monday.

Alex Wood allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks as he failed to escape the fourth inning. Recent addition Ryan Madson later allowed three more runs to cross the plate, and the Dodgers lineup simply couldn’t catch up.

The Dodgers have two more games against the Reds left. They could use a win or two.

Wainwright makes first start since May

Adam Wainwright made his first start since May 13, going up against the Pirates and the red-hot Trevor Williams.

Although Wainwright didn’t pitch great, he did perform better than he did over his first four starts this season, when he walked nearly as many batters as he struck out.

Wainwright held the Pirates to four runs and seven hits across five innings and struck out three. His fastball averaged 90 mph and he generated eight swinging strikes on 81 pitches — five of those coming on his signature curveball. 

Verlander returns to Detroit

Justin Verlander made his first start in Detroit on Monday since last August’s trade that sent him to the Astros. The Tigers honored Verlander with a video tribute.

Once the game started, the Tigers didn’t find themselves as fond of their former ace. Rather, Verlander shut down Detroit’s bats, holding them to two earned runs over seven innings. He permitted six hits and a walk and struck out 10 batters en route to the win.

Verlander is now five innings away from his 11th 200-inning season.

Kluber departs early

Corey Kluber made his 30th start. It served as the third time this year he failed to pitch into the fifth inning — in fact, it was the second time he couldn’t work into the third.

Pitching against the Rays, Kluber recorded an easy first inning before hitting turbulence in the second. He allowed five hits and four runs and was yanked with two outs in the inning. Kluber even permitted a home run to Jake Bauers, who has not performed well in recent weeks.

Kluber had previously departed after 1 2/3 innings on June 26 against the Cardinals.

Quick hits

  • It’s Monday, which means Matt Snyder has released his updated MLB Power Rankings. One club has made a multi-spot jump up into third week’s top three. Check it out.
  • Yadier Molina and Christian Yelich are among the first seven MLB players to commit to the 2018 Japan All-Star Series. A team of MLB All-Stars will play six exhibition games against a team of NPB All-Stars in Japan in November.
  • Mets RHP Jacob deGrom will lose a start this season due to Monday’s rainout. deGrom is a candidate for the Cy Young award, if not the favorite, and losing a start could set him back in the race because he’ll be behind in innings.
  • The Indians activated LHP Andrew Miller off the 10-day DL. He threw a bullpen session over the weekend. Knee and shoulder trouble have limited Miller to 24 innings this season.

  • The Indians intend to activate 3B Josh Donaldson on Tuesday — he’ll start the game at the hot corner, with Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis sliding to 2B and CF.
  • The Dodgers have called up LHP Julio Urias, the club announced. Urias had major shoulder capsule surgery last June. He threw 11 2/3 innings with a 5.40 ERA and 19/7 K/BB during his minor league rehab assignment.
  • Concussion tests on Blue Jays OF Randal Grichuk came back negative, reports MLB.com. Grichuk slid headfirst into a stool in foul territory over the weekend. He suffered cuts and bruises but did not suffer a concussion.

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