MILWAUKEE -- Jake Arrieta struck out 10 and Kris Bryant recorded his second three-hit day in a row as the Chicago Cubs clinched a second consecutive series victory by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
Bryant reached in all four of his plate appearances, singling three times and drawing a walk in the seventh. After starting the season 0-for-13 at the plate, he went 7-for-12 in the three games at Milwaukee.
In all, the Cubs recorded 11 hits on the day including home runs from Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist.
Most of the damage came at the expense of Brewers right-hander Zach Davies as his second start of the season nearly turned into a complete meltdown.
The Cubs tagged him for four runs in the opening inning and took a 5-0 lead with Kyle Schwarber opened the second with his second home run of the season.
Davies (0-2) needed 58 pitches to get through those first two frames but settled in from there, posting zeroes in each of the next three innings while retiring 12 of his last 13 on 34 pitches.
Ryan Braun prevented a bigger deficit with a diving grab of Jayson Heyward to end the second and he put Milwaukee on the board in the third, ripping an three-run homer to straight-away center off Arrieta.
Arrieta (2-0) worked six innings, scatting three hits and a pair of walks. After Braun's homer, he retired his next 10 in a row and 13 of his last 14 batters while striking out a pair in the fifth and the side in the sixth.
The Cubs gave Arrieta a pair of insurance runs in the with two out in the seventh.
Zobrist sent Carlos Torres' first offering to right for his second home run of the season. Addison Russell followed with his second hit of the day and advanced to second on a wild throw by second baseman Jonathan Villar.
Heyward the made it a 7-3 affair with a base hit to right, chasing Torres.
Domingo Santana hit a two-out solo home run in the ninth off Cubs right-hander Hector Rondon.
NOTES: The Brewers recalled RHP David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the 40-man roster, Milwaukee designated RHP Damien Magnifico for assignment. Goforth takes the active roster spot of LHP Brent Suter, who was optioned back to Colorado Springs following Milwaukee's Saturday loss to the Cubs. ... Chicago returns home for the first time this season Monday when the Cubs celebrate their home opener as well as their 2016 World Series Championship against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.