Thames hits first spring HR; Erceg hitting .450

Thames hits first spring HR; Erceg hitting .450

MESA, Ariz. -- The Brewers' Zach Davies tried to get his work in against the Cubs on Tuesday, but a pair of potential matchups in April loom, too. Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each hit solo homers off the right-hander in a 7-7 tie between the two Central Division teams in front of a sellout crowd of 15,478 at Sloan Park.

The Brewers trailed, 6-5, in the ninth, and with two on and two outs against Jose Rosario, Dustin Houle lined a single to left to drive in one run. Left fielder Eloy Jimenez's throw home sailed toward the Cubs' dugout and another run scored on the error. Chris Dominguez then tied the game at 7 with a leadoff homer in the Chicago half.

In the third, Contreras added an RBI single, and Addison Russell smacked a two-run double and scored on Jason Heyward's RBI double in a four-run frame.

The Brewers' Eric Thames had two hits, including his first spring homer -- leading off the fifth against Mike Montgomery. Thames was 4-for-24 with one extra-base hit prior to Tuesday's game.

Minus one rough outing last August, Davies has had success against the Cubs in the regular season. In five career starts he has a 4.18 ERA, including six shutout innings on Sept. 23, 2015, when he gave up two hits. On Tuesday, he was charged with six runs on six hits and three walks over three innings.

"It was just rough," Davies said. "I was not getting ahead of guys and [was] having to throw over the middle of the plate. That's an All-Star lineup -- not a team you want to do that to."

Cubs manager Joe Maddon stacked his lineup with almost all of the team's regulars. The only players missing were Javier Baez, who is away at the World Baseball Classic, and Kyle Schwarber. Davies, who is lined up to face the Cubs during the Brewers' opening homestand and could see them again at Wrigley Field from April 17-19, had to be selective with his sequencing.

"You're still trying to work on things that you want to bring into your season," Davies said. "At the same time, it's tough when you don't want to show a team in your division everything you have."

Bryant belted his third homer this spring with a shot to straightaway center in the first. The Brewers tied the game in the second when Rene Garcia doubled, moved up on Lucas Erceg's infield single and scored on Isan Diaz's single off the mound. Contreras then tied the game with an opposite-field shot in the second.

Brett Anderson, competing for the fifth-starter spot, made his second spring start for the Cubs and gave up two runs on six hits over three innings. Montgomery, who is the other option for the fifth spot, also gave up six hits over three innings.

Brewers Up Next: Red-hot center fielder Keon Broxton is expected back atop the Brewers' lineup Wednesday when the team travels to Scottsdale to play the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. CT. Broxton has three Cactus League home runs, including one in Monday's rout of the Mariners in which Broxton had three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Chase Anderson starts for Milwaukee.

Cubs Up Next: The Cubs will play under the lights vs. the D-backs on Wednesday with a rare night game at Sloan Park. Kyle Hendricks will make his third spring start. He has given up two hits over five innings in his two previous starts, striking out five. Hendricks hasn't walked a batter yet. First pitch was scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.