Cain's great escape, Anderson's arm lift Brewers over Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw helped Milwaukee's offense break through against the Chicago Cubs, and Chase Anderson did the rest.

Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to capitalize on a heads-up rundown escape by Cain and a pair of two-run doubles by Shaw, and the Brewers two-hit the Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to take back first place in the NL Central.

Shaw had already put Chicago up 2-0 when Cain used his head and legs to escape a sticky spot in the third inning. With Christian Yelich at second, Cain hit a ball up the middle that was fielded by second baseman Javier Baez. Yelich got hung up between second and third but stayed alive through three throws before sprinting back to second base.

Cain, meanwhile, rounded first hard and fooled the Cubs into thinking he was committing to second. If both Yelich and Cain had touched second base, Cain could have been tagged out, and so pitcher Tyler Chatwood chased Yelich back to second, thinking Cain was about to end up there.

But Cain stopped a few feet short of second and ran back to first, where no Chicago players were around to field a throw from Chatwood. Yelich returned safely to second, and both players scored moments later on Shaw's double to right.

Cain said he practiced the play when he was with the Kansas City Royals.

''I actually want to credit that play to Rusty Kuntz,'' Cain said of the former first-base coach for the Royals. ''It never actually happened, but for it to happen tonight was huge. It was a nice play.''

Cain said Yelich had to keep hustling or the play would not have worked. Cain said he peeked back and saw that Anthony Rizzo was not covering first base.

''That baserunning play by Cain was flat-out brilliant,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''I've never seen anything like that. I had no idea what he was planning on doing but it was amazing. That's seeing the field and understanding what's happening.''

The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Shaw's shot that evaded diving first baseman Rizzo and rolled into the right-field corner. Milwaukee ended a seven-game skid to Chicago.

Anderson (5-5) threw a Brewers' season-high 107 pitches. Chicago's only hit against him was an infield chopper by Willson Contreras in the second. Anderson retired his final 17 hitters.

''We just could not mount an attack,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''Anderson has been difficult against us in the past and he was again tonight. There was not a whole lot going on. Two doubles beat us.''

Anderson had lost his three previous decisions against the Cubs as the Brewers had been shut out in each game. Taylor Williams and Jacob Barnes finished up for Milwaukee with an inning each.

''My command was kind of spotty,'' Anderson said. ''I had a good fastball early. As I kept going the curveball came into play and the cutter a little bit. The changeup was good. I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes.''

Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-5), who entered the game leading the major leagues in walks, showed better control while allowing four runs (three earned) and walking two batters in five innings.

''My last outing wasn't pretty, but I felt like I worked on some stuff and took it into this outing,'' Chatwood said.

TRAINERS ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, and Maddon was encouraged by what he saw. ''Outstanding. He threw really well,'' Maddon said. ''Easy gas. Great location. Good spin on his breaking ball. Very impressed.'' Darvish was put on the disabled list May 23 with right triceps tendinitis. Maddon said if there's a chance for Darvish to return before the All-Star break, ''I'm into it. Whatever the doctors think.''

Brewers: RHP Matt Albers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury and RHP Jorge Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Albers allowed five runs and three hits in the 11th inning Monday night and took the loss in Milwaukee's 7-2 defeat. ''He got to the point it was affecting him out there on the field and it's just time to take a break,'' Counsell said.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (2-1, 3.56 ERA) will make his fourth start since replacing Darvish in the rotation. Montgomery is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his three starts, including a victory over Pittsburgh last week.

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin has emerged as the team's ace this season (5-1, 3.58 ERA). The Brewers are 11-3 In his starts and opponents are batting .231 against him.

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  • W: C. Anderson (5-5)L: T. Chatwood (3-5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Almora CF40000010.316.367.432.799-0.5
J. Heyward RF30000100.276.337.414.7511.0
K. Bryant 3B40000011.281.391.481.871-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000011.243.341.438.779-0.5
B. Zobrist LF20000110.289.380.428.8080.5
W. Contreras C30100010.276.368.443.8110.5
J. Baez 2B30000022.251.282.515.797-1.0
A. Russell SS30100012.268.341.366.7070.5
T. Chatwood P10000000.188.188.188.3750.0
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b- T. La Stella PH10000001.308.379.333.7130.0
A. Bass P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Chatwood in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Farrell in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Thames 1B41100022.250.346.603.9491.0
C. Yelich LF31100111.307.377.482.8592.5
L. Cain CF42000004.283.383.426.8092.0
T. Shaw 3B30240100.251.345.506.8518.0
D. Santana RF40000032.249.314.351.665-1.5
J. Villar 2B30100112.277.325.410.7351.5
H. Perez PR-2B00000000.252.274.361.6360.0
M. Pina C40000003.205.273.336.6090.0
O. Arcia SS30000021.199.235.263.498-1.0
C. Anderson P20100010.118.118.118.2350.5
a- E. Sogard PH10100000.125.231.163.3933.0
T. Williams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Barnes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Anderson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Shaw 2 (17)
  • RBI - T. Shaw 4 (43)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Sogard (2)
  • CS - T. Shaw
FIELDING
  • E - T. Chatwood (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arcia)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood (L, 3-5)5.05432503.981.752.5
L. Farrell2.01001403.521.246.0
A. Bass1.01000100.001.502.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood (L, 3-5)5.0
L. Farrell2.0
A. Bass1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson (W, 5-5)7.01002604.131.1731.0
T. Williams1.01000202.131.033.0
J. Barnes1.00000002.081.353.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson (W, 5-5)7.0
T. Williams1.0
J. Barnes1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 97-60, L. Farrell 42-27, A. Bass 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 10-0, L. Farrell 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 22, L. Farrell 8, A. Bass 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 107-67, T. Williams 20-11, J. Barnes 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 6-8, T. Williams 1-0, J. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 23, T. Williams 4, J. Barnes 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Almora CF40000010.316.367.432.799-0.5
J. Heyward RF30000100.276.337.414.7511.0
K. Bryant 3B40000011.281.391.481.871-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000011.243.341.438.779-0.5
B. Zobrist LF20000110.289.380.428.8080.5
W. Contreras C30100010.276.368.443.8110.5
J. Baez 2B30000022.251.282.515.797-1.0
A. Russell SS30100012.268.341.366.7070.5
T. Chatwood P10000000.188.188.188.3750.0
a- K. Schwarber PH10000000.243.370.481.8510.0
L. Farrell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. La Stella PH10000001.308.379.333.7130.0
A. Bass P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Chatwood in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Farrell in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Thames 1B41100022.250.346.603.9491.0
C. Yelich LF31100111.307.377.482.8592.5
L. Cain CF42000004.283.383.426.8092.0
T. Shaw 3B30240100.251.345.506.8518.0
D. Santana RF40000032.249.314.351.665-1.5
J. Villar 2B30100112.277.325.410.7351.5
H. Perez PR-2B00000000.252.274.361.6360.0
M. Pina C40000003.205.273.336.6090.0
O. Arcia SS30000021.199.235.263.498-1.0
C. Anderson P20100010.118.118.118.2350.5
a- E. Sogard PH10100000.125.231.163.3933.0
T. Williams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Barnes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Anderson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Shaw 2 (17)
  • RBI - T. Shaw 4 (43)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Sogard (2)
  • CS - T. Shaw
FIELDING
  • E - T. Chatwood (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arcia)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood (L, 3-5)5.05432503.981.752.5
L. Farrell2.01001403.521.246.0
A. Bass1.01000100.001.502.5
Total8.07433100---
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood (L, 3-5)5.0
L. Farrell2.0
A. Bass1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson (W, 5-5)7.01002604.131.1731.0
T. Williams1.01000202.131.033.0
J. Barnes1.00000002.081.353.0
Total9.0200280---
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson (W, 5-5)7.0
T. Williams1.0
J. Barnes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 97-60, L. Farrell 42-27, A. Bass 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 10-0, L. Farrell 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 22, L. Farrell 8, A. Bass 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 107-67, T. Williams 20-11, J. Barnes 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 6-8, T. Williams 1-0, J. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 23, T. Williams 4, J. Barnes 3
  • 3RD INNING
    Shaw doubled to right, Yelich and Cain scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Shaw doubled to shallow right, Thames and Cain scored, Shaw to third02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jacob Barnes relieved Taylor Williams
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Taylor Williams pitching
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Russell singled to shallow center
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Luke Farrell
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, La Stella grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Bass pitching
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Strike looking, Shaw flied out to center
    • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • J. Villar: Villar reached on an infield single to second
    • Hernan Perez ran for Jonathan Villar
    • M. Pina: Pina flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bryant flied out to deep left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo lined out to first
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Eric Sogard hit for Chase Anderson
    • E. Sogard: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard singled to shallow left
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sogard stole second
    • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Kyle Schwarber hit for Tyler Chatwood
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Schwarber grounded out to first
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Heyward grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Farrell pitching
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar walked
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pina lined out to center
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Contreras flied out to deep right
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Baez popped out to second
    • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Foul, Yelich grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cain grounded out to second
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Shaw walked
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shaw caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to third
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Arcia grounded out to second
    • C. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • T. Chatwood: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chatwood grounded out to second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heyward popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Yelich to second on Chatwood fielding error, Foul, Cain reached on fielder's choice to center
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Shaw doubled to right, Yelich and Cain scored
    • D. Santana: Foul, Santana grounded out to shortstop, Shaw to third
    • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pina grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Contreras reached on an infield single to shortstop, Zobrist to second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Russell lined into double play shortstop, Zobrist out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina grounded out to third
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • C. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson singled to shallow center
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Thames grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Almora flied out to deep right
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant popped out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Rizzo struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Thames singled to center
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich singled to shallow center, Thames to second
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cain reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Thames to third, Yelich out at second
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw doubled to shallow right, Thames and Cain scored, Shaw to third
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)