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Brewers 4, White Sox 3 (10 innings): Willy Adames does the heavy lifting

Facing one of the hardest throwers in the major leagues with the game on the line, Willy Adames had a simple goal.

"Just try to touch the ball, man," he said. "He's throwing gas."

And touch the ball Adames did, pulling a 100.1-mph fastball from Michael Kopech deep into the hole at shortstop to drive in William Contreras with the decisive run in a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Adames did more than just provide the walkoff, too; it was his two-out, two-run single in the seventh that got what had been an overmatched offense over the first six innings back to even.

"I guess as the game goes on, you get more locked in," Adames said. "I think that's what happens to me. We feed off of each other and as the game goes on I feel like everybody is getting more hyped and into the game compared to the first couple innings."

It was the fourth straight victory for Milwaukee, which improved to a season-high 12 games over .500 at 35-23, and third of the walkoff variety.

Adames was the only player with multiple hits for the Brewers, who managed only seven for the game.

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Willy Adames of the Brewers reacts after hitting a single to score two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game against the White Sox at American Family Field.
Willy Adames of the Brewers reacts after hitting a single to score two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game against the White Sox at American Family Field.

Brewers go to extras for the fifth time

Kopech was on the mound for his second inning after blowing away the side in the ninth and opened by walking Christian Yelich intentionally. Then, with Adames in the box, a wild pitch allowed Yelich and Contreras, the "ghost" runner, to advance into scoring position.

Adames eventually got enough of Kopech's fifth offering to pull it into the hole at shortstop. A diving Zach Remillard got a glove on the ball but couldn't reel it in and it trickled away as Contreras crossed the plate.

"Just trying to put the ball in play. Especially in that situation," Adames said. "If you try to do too much with him you have no chance. I was just trying to touch the ball and see what happens after that, and we were lucky enough to get the ball past the infield."

Having already put Yelich on and with the slow-footed Rhys Hoskins due up after Adames, Chicago's strategy to pitch to Adames in that situation could be scrutinized a bit.

"I thought they were going to maybe go around, but he was attacking right away," Adames said. "Then after that, my mentality was just to put the ball in play. Especially after he threw the wild pitch and the (winning run) was 90 feet away."

Milwaukee improved to 3-2 in extra-inning games while Chicago dropped its 10th straight game overall.

Trevor Megill makes his return

Pitching for the first time since taking a line drive off his right forearm on Tuesday, Trevor Megill looked just fine as he hit 99 mph a few times on the radar gun and struck out the side in the seventh.

"The last three days of catch play, it kind of felt good," Megill said of his arm. "I was able to throw without pain, relatively. The ball was kind of spray-charting for the first day or two and then yesterday and today things kind of clicked a little bit. Things freed up and some of the inflammation kind of came out of the arm.

"I was happy with how everything progressed over the last couple days."

Megill's half-inning set the stage for the first big hit of the day by Adames, which came after Milwaukee drew three walks against Chicago's bullpen in the bottom of the frame.

Adames then grounded a single sharply to center against right-hander Jordan Leasure, driving in a pair and tying the score at 3-3.

"The team rallied," Megill said. "I was just happy to be part of a 'zero' and a win."

Robert Gasser just didn't have it

The Brewers have now won all five of rookie Robert Gasser's starts.

But for the first time since being called up, the left-hander wasn't sharp. He did throw 77 pitches over five innings but allowed seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts.

Two of the hits were home runs -- the first hit by Andrew Benintendi to lead off the third inning and the second a two-run shot by Gavin Sheets in the fourth that gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

The homers were the first two surrendered by Gasser in the majors.

"He just didn't finish on anything," said manager Pat Murphy. "He didn't look super sharp. No swing and miss. That's not normal, but he still filled up the zone. But I started thinking they had a tip with that many barrels on the ball.

"He just didn't look right to me. But he competed."

Gasser took responsibility afterward for his performance.

"I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked to have been today; a couple pitches leaked back middle and got hit. That's part of the game," he said. "I think there was a lot of adrenaline last game (against the Chicago Cubs) and today I wasn't able to match it and find that same edge I had last time.

"So, I'll work on that."

Garrett Crochet was dominant

Gasser, who indeed generated only six swings and misses, stood in stark contrast to Chicago left-hander Garrett Crochet. He dominated the Brewers over six innings and 103 pitches, scattering five hits, a run and a walk with eight strikeouts.

Crochet, by comparison, got 19 swings and misses against a Milwaukee offense that pounded out a major-league-high 23 hits in Friday's 12-5 win.

"He was attacking today," Adames said. "He had power stuff and we couldn't do much against him. He was just overpowering us today. He has an unbelievable fastball, and the cutter was working incredible.

"We've got to give him credit. After the night the guys had last night today he came and shut us out. Then after that, we did the damage."

The lone Brewers run scored against Crochet came in the third when Brice Turang singled, stole second and scored on a double to left-center by Joey Ortiz.

Yelich singled off Crochet in the first inning, giving him hits in six consecutive at-bats going back to Friday night.

Roster move

Before the game, Milwaukee swapped out last night's starter, Tobias Myers, for another bullpen arm in right-hander Janson Junk.

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Brewers vs. White Sox, 1:10 p.m. Sunday: Milwaukee RHP Freddy Peralta (3-3, 3.61) vs. Chicago RHP Nick Nastrini (0-4, 9.92). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

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