Hammel, Rizzo lead Cubs past Brewers 4-1

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jason Hammel beat Milwaukee for the seventh consecutive decision with his first win in almost two months and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Chicago Cubs past the rebuilding Brewers 4-1 on Friday night.

Hammel (6-5) improved to 7-0 in nine starts against Milwaukee and picked up his first victory since June 6. He allowed a run on six hits over 5 2-3 innings to beat the Brewers for the second time this season. His only mistake was a pitch Ryan Braun hit for his 19th home run in the first.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Starlin Castro, in an 11-for-80 slump (.138) over the last 22 games, drove in two runs with a single in the first and a fielder's choice in the sixth. Rizzo, who had a game-winning three run homer Thursday, hit a solo shot in the seventh. Addison Russell added a run-scoring single in the sixth and chased Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann (5-3).

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