Yu Darvish strikes out eight Brewers, gets no-decision

Yu Darvish strikes out eight Brewers, gets no-decision

The $126 million free agent addition bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Kluber (4-1) reached double figures in strikeouts for the 41st time and avenged his only loss this season.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a flawless eighth, and Brandon Morrow finished it off with a ideal ninth, striking out Ryan Braun for his sixth save. Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana had two hits apiece. Maddon said the third baseman could return to the lineup today.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant missed his fourth straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last Sunday. Catcher Willson Contreras rested for most of the night before entering as a defensive replacement for the eighth. He pinch hit in the seventh, flied out and remained in the game at first. Zack Godley (4-1) allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings to improve to 3-0 lifetime at Nationals Park. He had won each of his prior two starts.

"It's just different. It's hard to, I think, maintain a level of high success when you're missing guys like that". I kind of put it where he likes it. Thames tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb diving for a ball and will likely need surgery.

"It's never going to be a unilateral decision on my part to insist that he plays, ever", Maddon said. "That guy has probably taken away a solid 10 to 12 extra-base hits from me over the years. I want to be humble by doing what I can (for the team) and taking one day at a time", Darvish said.

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Hendricks' defense also turned in a couple of nice plays.

Darvish was provided a lead the bottom half when Albert Almora Jr. doubled and scored on a single by Baez, who stole second and came home on Anthony Rizzo's single.

But as Darvish prepares to make his fifth start of the season Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers, the 31-year-old right-hander has yet to deliver. After trotting into second, Darvish slipped, but he got to his feet and pitched a scoreless sixth.

"This guy's good. This guy's going to show it". The pitch made contact around the forehead, but Bryant didn't fall to the ground.

Darvish (0-2, 6.86 ERA) faces some of the big-contract pressure that teammates Jon Lester and Jason Heyward have in the past.

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