MILWAUKEE (AP) — NL MVP Kris Bryant broke out of his early slump by driving in his first three runs of the season and the Chicago Cubs overcame a shaky start by Kyle Hendricks to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 11-6, on Saturday night.
Bryant had managed a mere single in 16 at-bats this year before going 3-for-6. He hit a two-run double in the third inning and an RBI single in the fourth.
The World Series champions got a season-high 17 hits. An infield single by Hendricks put the Cubs ahead to stay 5-4 in the fifth off reliever Jhan Marinez (0-2).
Hendricks (1-0), who led the majors with a 2.13 ERA last year, made his first start of the season and gave up four runs in the first inning.
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