Hammel (4-1) struck out seven and limited the Brewers to
three hits and two walks before Pedro Strop pitched a perfect
eighth and Hector Rondon struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Castro had a pair of solo homers among his three hits and Ryan
Kalish and John Baker added two hits apiece for the Cubs, who
snapped a four-game skid.
Carlos Gomez, Lyle Overbay and Rickie Weeks recorded hits for
the Brewers, who lost for only the second time in nine games.
The lack of offense sent Wily Peralta (3-1) to his first loss,
as he allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six over
Castro led off the second by blasting a 2-0 fastball to center
and the Cubs added another run on Darwin Barney's grounder later
in the inning. Mike Olt's sacrifice fly tacked on a run in the
sixth and Castro hit a line-drive shot out to left in the eighth
for his second career multi-homer game.
Hammel didn't allow a hit until Gomez ripped a double inside the
third-base bag with one out in the sixth. The right-hander then
walked Scooter Gennett on four pitches before striking out
Jonathan Lucroy and getting Aramis Ramirez to ground out to end
GAME NOTEBOOK: Ramirez went 1-for-23 during the Brewers'
six-game homestand. … Baker was 0-for-18 for the season before
his infield single in the second inning. … The Brewers had only
two position players available on the bench with C Martin
Maldonado still serving a five-game suspension and RF Ryan Braun
(strained intercostal) and SS Jean Segura (facial laceration)
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