Corey Hart hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Hart sent Lendy Castillo's first pitch back up the middle to end the game after five hours, four minutes. Castillo (0-1) plunked Rickie Weeks on the left hand and Ryan Braun in the back before Aramis Ramirez hit a flare single to right to bring Hart to the plate.
Hart also hit a two-run homer in the ninth to tie it at 7. Vinnie Chulk (1-0) pitched the final two innings for his first victory since Aug. 19, 2007, for San Francisco against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The wild game featured the end of John Axford's run of 49 consecutive saves for the Brewers, the fourth-longest streak in major league history. There were 14 walks by Cubs pitching, none of them intentional.
Milwaukee ran out of position players and had to use starter Zack Greinke as a pinch hitter in the 11th with the potential winning run at second. The right-hander hit into an inning-ending double play.
David DeJesus delivered a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Jonathan Lucroy hit a three-run double as the Brewers responded with four runs in the bottom half.
Milwaukee led 5-4 before Chicago got to Axford for three runs in the ninth. DeJesus hit a tying triple with one out, driving in Ian Stewart and stopping Axford's streak. DeJesus then scored on a wild pitch that struck out Starlin Castro, but bounced a couple feet in front of home plate, off catcher Lucroy and went back into fair territory.
Alfonso Soriano added an RBI single to give the Cubs a 7-5 lead.
Chicago manager Dale Sveum went to Rafael Dolis to try to close it out, but the rookie walked Ramirez before Hart hit a drive to left on a full-count pitch.
DeJesus' first career pinch-hit homer gave the Cubs the lead in the seventh, and the Cubs bullpen gave it right back.
Carlos Marmol walked Braun and allowed an RBI double to Ramirez. He then had a 1-2 count on Hart when he had to leave the game due to a strained right hamstring.
Michael Bowden then loaded the bases, and Lucroy's hit gave Milwaukee the lead again.
Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf pitched six scoreless innings, giving up six hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Chicago starter Matt Garza pitched five innings, giving up one run and three hits. He walked five and struck out three.
Garza was pitching on 11 days' rest after missing his last start due to flulike symptoms.