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Brewers 6, White Sox 3: Jackson Chourio's early three-run blast sends Chicago to 11th straight loss

By no stretch of the imagination did the Milwaukee Brewers play their best baseball this weekend.

It's a testament to this club – and in all earnestness the fragment of a major-league team that was in the other dugout – that they still walked away with a sweep.

Despite Freddy Peralta battling his command, a generally quiet showing from the offense after claiming an early lead and having to subvert a major threat in the eighth inning, the Brewers picked up a 6-3 win Sunday afternoon at American Family Field to sweep the Chicago White Sox.

The Brewers moved to 36-23 with the win, a season-best 13 games over .500 and sent the floundering White Sox to their 11th consecutive loss in the process.

Enoli Paredes earned his first career save by getting the final six outs with manager Pat Murphy choosing to avoid using his "A" bullpen. Jackson Chourio's three-run homer with two outs in the second proved to be the difference.

Jackson Chourio looks into the Brewers dugout after clubbing a three-run home run during the second inning against the White Sox on Sunday at American Family Field.
Jackson Chourio looks into the Brewers dugout after clubbing a three-run home run during the second inning against the White Sox on Sunday at American Family Field.

Gary Sanchez does it again in the eighth

Designated hitter Gary Sanchez, for the second time this series, delivered a clutch two-strike, two-out, two-run hit in the bottom of the eighth. A few days after his go-ahead home run in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs, Sanchez blooped a two-RBI single to center to push Milwaukee's lead to 6-3 in a 2-2 count with two outs on Sunday.

BOX SCORE: Brewers 6, White Sox 3

Brewers keep the lead after White Sox run into two outs in eighth

The White Sox sure had to try their hardest to not tie or take the lead in the top of the eighth, an inning quite unlike any other.

After getting the first two batters on base via walks issued by Kevin Herget, the White Sox pinch-ran for their starting centerfielder as Enoli Paredes came into the game to pitch for Milwaukee. Nicky Lopez showed bunt, but pulled back for a ball inside, which trickled a few feet from catcher William Contreras. Pinch runner Zach Remillard tried to take third and was thrown out for the first out of the inning.

BOX SCORE: Brewers 6, White Sox 3

Lopez followed with a ground-rule double to right-center, putting men on second and third. Corey Julks followed with a fly ball to shallow leffielder Christian Yelich for the second out, a ball that prompted Tommy Pham to try and tag from third. Yelich's throw was on target and Pham was out by a few feet and he hardly made a slide attempt.

The Brewers threw two strikes all inning and yet escaped with a 4-3 lead.

Kevin Herget takes over for Peralta in the sixth

Peralta was able to get through five innings on 97 pitches despite a 43-pitch first inning. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Kevin Herget, who had one strikeout all year in 5 ⅔ innings, took over for the sixth and struck out the side to preserve a 4-3 lead.

Paul DeJong hits a solo homer to draw Sox within a run

Another two-strike count that went in favor of the White Sox on a fastball from Peralta. Paul DeJong got a fastball on the outside edge in a 1-2 count leading off the fourth inning and lined it to the visiting bullpen in right-center for his ninth homer of the year. Brewers still lead, 4-3.

Jackson Chourio provides a spark

Jackson Chourio capped a two-out rally with a ringing three-run homer to the bleachers in left field to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead in the second inning.

After Willy Adames struck out and Sal Frelick grounded out to begin the inning, Joey Ortiz singled and scored on a Jake Bauers double to right, then Gary Sanchez was clipped by a Nick Nastrini pitch. Chourio then got a first-pitch hanging slider from Nastrini and pummeled it 381 feet for his first homer since May 15.

White Sox jump on Freddy Peralta in the first inning

The White Sox have been aggressive on Freddy Peralta's fastballs early on, stringing together three consecutive one-out singles to score and take a 2-0 lead. Peralta, whose command has been poor so far, also threw a wild pitch before Gavin Sheets roped a 3-0 heater for an RBI single. Paul DeJong brought the next run in with a sacrifice fly.

Peralta got out of the inning with no more damage on the scoreboard but took a toll with his pitch count, throwing 43 pitches. He gave up singles to Nicky Lopez and Corey Julks after getting ahead 0-2 in the count, the DeJong sac fly after being in a 2-2 count and then walked Korey Lee despite getting up on him, 1-2.

Brewers time, TV, radio

The Brewers game starts at the 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620 and a state network

Brewers lineup

  • Brice Turang 2B

  • William Contreras C

  • Christian Yelich LF

  • Willy Adames SS

  • Sal Frelick CF

  • Joey Ortiz 3B

  • Jake Bauers 1B

  • Gary Sánchez DH

  • Jackson Chourio RF

  • Freddy Peralta SP

White Sox lineup

What is the Brewers record?

The Brewers are 35-23.

Is the Brewers' roof open?

The roof is open.

Brewers schedule

Brewers at Phillies, 5:40 p.m. Monday: Milwaukee TBA vs. Philadelphia RHP Zack Wheeler (6-3, 2.32). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers 6, White Sox 3: 11th straight loss for struggling Chicago